Steven Spielberg Looks to Make Beautiful Music with Zachary Quinto in a George Gershwin Biopic

     January 31, 2010

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You may currently know him best as either Spock or Sylar, but soon another iconic name may be associated with Heroes and Star Trek star Zachary Quinto: Gershwin.  Deadline reports that after Steven Spielberg dropped out of the proposed remake of imaginary rabbit pic Harvey, he became interested in directing a biopic on George Gershwin, famous American composer and brother of Ira.  The Spielberg-founded DreamWorks acquired the project last fall, and it is looking to start shooting as early as April.

For more on Spielberg’s next move plus details on Quinto’s involvement, hit the break.

steven_spielberg_01.jpgSpielberg’s involvement is far from certain; it is reportedly “one of three” projects he is eyeing.  Likewise, before Harvey folded, Spielberg abandoned his planned remake of South Korean crossover Oldboy, set to star Will Smith.  Plus, there are a number of films that have long gestated on Spielberg’s to-do list, including an Abraham Lincoln biopic (under the appropriate working title of Lincoln) rumored to star Liam Neeson as well as the hard-to-describe, yet very intriguing Interstellar.  Based on the logline, “an exploration of physicist Kip Thorne’s theories of gravity fields, wormholes and several hypotheses that Albert Einstein was never able to prove”, this is is the one I would most like to see, especially as a fictional work.

Of course, the first entry in the planned Tintin trilogy is in post-production and set for a 2011 release.  It represents Spielberg’s first directorial effort since the generally loathed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.  His follow-up is still anyone’s guess, and I’ll believe he’s going through with it once I see stills from the set.

Zachary Quinto  (3).jpgQuinto was propelled into fame during the breakout first season of NBC’s Heroes, and has weathered said show’s descent into irrelevance by starring in this summer’s extraordinarily fun Star Trek.  He has demonstrated an ability to captivate in these roles, and I am curious to see if Hollywood can transition him into full time leading man territory.  A musical biopic is always good Oscar bait for an acting nomination (recent examples include Jamie Foxx in Ray or a pre-crazy Joaquin Phoenix in Walk the Line).  I don’t know enough about George Gerswhin to tell you whether or not Quinto is a good fit for the role, but physically there is enough resemblence, in the sense that they both have dark brown hair and eyes.

Gershwin’s music has provided at least one iconic moment in cinema: his Rhapsody in Blue scores the opening of Woody Allen’s Manhattan in a series of fluttering notes.  Check out the beautiful scene below.

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