Leonard Bernstein: Netflix Backs Bradley Cooper’s Biopic

Netflix will back Bradley Cooper’s upcoming drama about Leonard Bernstein, the legendary conductor and musical genius behind “West Side Story” and “Candide,” among many achievements.

It has an A-list lineup of producers, including Scorsese, Spielberg, Emma Tillinger Koskoff, and Todd Phillips. Kristie Macosko Krieger from Amblin will also produce.

Spielberg’s remake of “West Side Story” is already scheduled to come out in 2020. There’s also a Broadway revival of the show, signaling that we may have entered an era of peak-Bernstein.

At one point, Jake Gyllenhaal and Cary Fukunaga were partnering on a rival Bernstein project. But those plans were eventually abandoned when it became clear that the public interest in stories of dead composers and conductors might be limited.