Miramax taps ballet saga

D'Amboise's philanthropic story to be told

Miramax Films has inked a deal with scribe Gregory Allen Howard (“Remember the Titans”) to write a screenplay based on the life of former ballet dancer Jacques D’Amboise.

Julie Goldstein, Miramax exec veep of production and development, along with Michele Raimo, director of development, will oversee the project for the mini-major.

D’Amboise, a former principal dancer for the New York City ballet, founded the National Dance Institute, a program that teaches dance to inner-city children nationwide. The screenplay will center on D’Amboise’s experiences teaching teenagers to dance, after a knee injury forced him to leave professional dancing and find a new outlet for his creative energies.

‘A great example’

“I have great respect for Jacques,” said Harvey Weinstein. “His dedication to sharing his gift of dance with young people sets a great example for all of us.”

In addition to writing the forthcoming “Remember the Titans,” which stars Denzel Washington, Howard’s also penned “The Muhammad Ali Story,” to be helmed by Michael Mann and star Will Smith.

Vicki Cherkas, senior veep of business and legal affairs, negotiated the deal on behalf of Miramax; Clifford Stevens of Paradigm repped D’Amboise.

Howard’s deal was brokered by Danny Greenberg of the William Morris Agency and attorney David Colden of Colden, McKuin & Frankel.

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