After helping to get one of his late father's projects made by writing and producing The 9th Life Of Louis Drax (2016), news arrives via Variety that Max Minghella is stepping up to direct one of his own scripts. And he has one of La La Land's producers aiding him with Teen Spirit.
Minghella developed the script with Jamie Bell (who has an executive producer credit) and is gearing up to make the movie, described as "an emotional underdog story set in the world of pop-music, about growing up, dreaming big, and finding your voice." It will focus on shy teen Violet, who survives small town life in Eastern Europe with her dysfunctional family by channeling dreams of pop stardom. She enters an international singing competition, and discovers there is more to the world than just having a healthy set of pipes.
It will be filled with contemporary music, and La La Land producer Fred Berger is bringing some of the musical's tune team to this one, including music producer Marius DeVries and music supervisor Steven Gizicki, while Interscope Records will handle the soundtrack.
In front of the camera, Minghella will be back on screens via the new TV adaptation of The Handmaid's Tale.