The “West Side Story” filmmaker originally intended to direct “Maestro” himself, but changed his tune after seeing “A Star Is Born”.
Steven Spielberg has spent a lot of time thinking about Leonard Bernstein in recent years, he has just directed the remake of the composer’s iconic musical, “Western Tales”. Prior to that, Spielberg was preparing for the biopic about Leonard Bernstein, “Conductor,” as a means of directing himself. He finally gave the project to Bradley Cooper, who is directing the series for Netflix in his sequel to “A Star is Born”. During an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Cooper recalls the daunting task of being hired by Steven Spielberg to direct a movie.
Spielberg initially contacted Cooper about playing Bernstein. But Cooper, who had just finished filming “A Star Is Born,” was only interested in directing at the time. He invited Spielberg to watch his directorial debut in the hopes that it would lead to a chance to direct “Maestro”.
“I will never forget this. He came in, we were sitting there and I was showing him ‘A Star Is Born’ and he was across the front row, which was a pretty big screen,” Cooper told Stephen Colbert. “That’s the scene where Jackson calls Ally up on stage, it’s the biggest scene in the movie. And as soon as she got on stage, he stood up and I said, ‘Oh, he’s going to the bathroom?’ and I said, ‘That’s it, it’s over. If he goes to the bathroom at this point in the movie… and he gets up, he walks over, and I’m lowering my head and the next thing I know I feel his face here and him say, because it’s huge, ‘You’re directing ‘Maestro!’
Cooper was a lifelong classical music fan and aspired to be a conductor as a child. He told Colbert that he spent “hundreds of hours” training in command as a child, and that he delved into the development of “Maestro” with equal vigor. He wrote the screenplay with Josh Singer, and also played Leonard Bernstein alongside Jeremy Strong and Carrie Mulligan. Netflix is expected to release “Maestro” in 2022.
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