Misty Copeland, An Unlikely Ballerina
New Line has acquired Life In Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina, and has set Remember the Titans scribe Gregory Allen Howard to adapt the biography of Misty Copeland. She made history by becoming the first African American woman to be promoted to principal dancer with the prestigious American Ballet Theatre.
The bestselling book, and the movie, will chronicle humble beginnings and effort to reach that pinnacle. Offspring Entertainment’s Adam Shankman and Jennifer Gibgot will produce with Philip Sandhaus.
“We were pretty much homeless and were living in a motel, trying to scrape up enough money to go to the corner store to get (a) Cup O’ Noodles soup to eat,” Copeland said in an ABC News interview in 2014.
“It was probably the worst time in my childhood when ballet found me,” she added.
Copeland has come a long way since that time. She spent 14 years with the American Ballet Theatre before her promotion to principal dancer.
“I had moments of doubting myself, of wanting to quit, because I didn’t know there would be a future for an African-American woman to make it to this level,” she said. “At the same time it made me so hungry to push through, to carry the next generation.”
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