Producer Sidney Kimmell (Adventureland) is developing Butterfly, a re-imagining of the Giacomo Puccini opera Madame Butterfly. The project is reportedly moving forward with Alicia Keys in mind for the lead role.
The three-act opera, centered around the tragic love affair between a young Japanese girl and an American sailor, first premiered in 1904. Madame Butterfly has seen a number of screen adaptations since then, the most recent in 1995. Hit the jump for a clip and synopsis from that film.
In the aftermath of the catastrophic earthquake Haiti has almost nothing left. Its meager infrastructure was toppled by the earthquake and has made administering aid in the form of medical attention and food and water rations a herculean task. In an effort to stabilize the country, everyone from Wyclef Jean to former Presidents Clinton and Bush have been asking for donations. In response, George Clooney has organized the entertainment industry and will present a two-hour benefit concert called Hope for Haiti Now. There will be shows in Los Angeles, New York and London and featured performers include Alicia Keys, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Rihanna, Jay-Z, U2, Justin Timberlake and many more. Other celebrities will be manning a phone bank during that time to take donations. The performances will be available for purchase on iTunes the following day with all the proceeds going to relief efforts. All the money that is raised will be doled out evenly among the following services: Oxfam America, Partners in Health, the Red Cross, UNICEF, and Yele Haiti Foundation. In a testament to how urgently aid is needed to help avert further tragedy in Haiti the concert will air on roughly 30 networks, ranging from standbys like ABC, CBS and NBC to niche cable stations like CMT.
Hit the jump for the full press release.