Beresford will direct from Ronald Parker’s original screenplay about the tumultuous life and romances of the Czech composer, culminating in 1890s America when he championed African-American music and the early sounds of ragtime, and composed his “New World Symphony.” Dvorak was plagued by self-doubt and married the sister of the woman he loved but could not wed, sharing a bittersweet life together.
“This is one of those incredible scripts that portray strong characters against the backdrop of some of the most recognized music in the world,” Beresford said. “I look forward to telling Dvorak’s story.”
Casting is currently underway for a May start in the Czech Republic.
William Stuart is producing alongside Lawrence Steven Meyers of Meyers Media Group. Parker and Randy Dannenberg are executive producing.