Hollywood plans biopic of 18th-century violinist and composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de St.-Georges

Posted on: February 8, 2022

“Soon to be a major motion picture … the fascinating life of the composer … Joseph Bologne, aka ‘The Chevalier de St.-Georges,’ ” writes Rob Hubbard in Friday’s (2/4) Star Tribune (Minneapolis). “Born the son of a slave on a Caribbean island, he became one of France’s most celebrated citizens in the second half of the 18th century. He was a master swordsman, a brilliant musician and a figure in the French Revolution…. Disney-owned Searchlight Pictures is planning a film with a script by Stefani Robinson … writer/producer for TV’s ‘Atlanta’ and ‘What We Do in the Shadows.’ Directing is Stephen Williams, known for his work on the series ‘Watchmen,’ ‘The Walking Dead’ and ‘Westworld.’ And what a story they have to tell. It could be a swashbuckler full of wonderful music, swordfights, cameos by major historical figures, conflicts rooted in racial tension, political intrigue and a revolution.… He introduced Parisian audiences to the symphonies of Haydn and likely crossed paths with Mozart, who lived in Paris in 1778. ‘We’ve played both of his symphonies now,’ … said St. Paul Chamber Orchestra violinist and artistic director Kyu-Young Kim…. ‘It is no wonder that he earned the respect and admiration of Mozart and Haydn.’ ”