EXCLUSIVE: Fox Searchlight has closed a deal to develop a film based on the life and work of Alvin Ailey, a groundbreaking figure in American culture and one of the most influential choreographers of the 20th century. The project is fully supported by the Ailey organization, which controls the rights to Ailey’s choreography.

Fox Searchlight and the producers will be working closely with Artistic Director Robert Battle and Artistic Director Emerita Judith Jamison, to bring Ailey’s story and choreography to the screen.

Alvin Ailey A Life In Dance
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They have also secured the rights to Jennifer Dunning’s seminal biography Alvin Ailey: A Life In Dance.

Producers are Judy Kinberg, Alicia Keys and Susan Lewis from AK Worldwide, Rachel Cohen and Jana Edelbaum from iDeal Partners.

Said Artistic Director Robert Battle: “We are thrilled to be working with these incredible partners to bring to the screen the amazing journey and revolutionary choreography of Alvin Ailey, whose life and legacy profoundly impacted people of all backgrounds around the world.”