ABT's Misty Copeland to Produce Semi-Autobiographical Dance Drama for FOX
The dancer will team with writer Tracy Oliver on the semi-autobiographical drama. The currently untitled project, which is set up at FOX through 20th Century FOX TV will center on "a young, hip, diverse group of aspiring dancers as they fiercely compete for places in the American Ballet Theatre company."
Oliver first became interested in Copeland after reading an article about her in 2013. The writer herself has a background in dance, music and theater and was already set on the idea of developing a series based on performance arts. According to the report, she got in touch with Copeland and her mamager Gilda Squire and pitched the idea. Copeland agreed on the spot.
Oliver and Copeland will executive produce the FOX drama with Principato Young's Brian Dobbins, Peter Principato and Paul Young.
Copeland was recently named the the first female African-American principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. She made her Broadway debut in August in ON THE TOWN in role of Ivy. Copeland served as a guest judge for three weeks on FOX's popular competition show SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE alongside ON THE TOWN producer Nigel Lythgoe.
In June, Copeland took on the lead roles in both ABT's SWAN LAKE and ROMEO AND JULIET.