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Eva Cassidy biopic in the works

Singer found posthumous success in U.K.

AIR Prods. is tuning up a biopic of Eva Cassidy, whose music did not make an impact until a posthumous album became a hit in the U.K.

Virtually unknown outside her native D.C., Cassidy drew her biggest success six years after her 1996 death from melanoma at the age of 33. A compilation album, “Songbird,” was released in 1998, and after her version of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” was championed by a British DJ, became an international hit. The album was a million-seller in the U.S. and in the U.K.

AIR’s Amy Redford, Irwin Shpiro and Rick Singer will produce.

“We see this film as an uplifting story of indomitable human spirit and an insightful look into the life and personality of an amazing talent,” said Redford, who just produced and directed “The Guitar.”

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