Oscar-winner Barry Jenkins, the director and screenwriter of films such as Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk, will reportedly direct a film based on the life of legendary choreographer, Alvin Ailey.
Per Deadline, Jenkins along with Jana Edelbaum and Susan Lewis will serve as the films executive producers. Additionally, Alicia Keys will help to produce the film through her company, AK Worldwide, along with Edelbaum, Judy Winberg and Rachel Cohen from iDeal Partners.
“Ailey, who was raised in rural Texas by a single mother, founded the interracial Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater in New York City in 1958 and helped popularize modern dance,” writes the publication of Ailey’s contributions to the art form.
Ailey’s “Revelations” piece is one of the most-performed in modern dance history, and in 1988, he received the Kennedy Center Honors. This was just one year before succumbing to AIDS-related complications at the age of 58.
He continues to be celebrated the world over, and received a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2014 from President Barack Obama.