Bradley Cooper’s Leonard Bernstein Biopic Goes To Netflix

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Bradley Cooper’s next directing gig has moved over to Netflix, targeting a 2021 release date. 

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After the success of Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born in 2018, Bradley Cooper planned to direct a film about Leonard Bernstein, world famous American composer. The project has changed hands today as the film has been picked by Netflix setting a 2021 release date.


The film was written by Josh Singer, the writer of Spotlight. The film is being produced by some rather big names including Martin Scorsese (The Irishman), Todd Phillips (Joker), and Steven Spielberg (Ready Player One). This is a huge move for Netflix as they have brought in some of the top talent across the industry. 

A Star is Born was huge with both critics and audiences alike. The film received numerous awards and made over $400 million on a $36 million budget. To be fair the the box office metrics don’t apply the same way to Netflix, but success is still success. Cooper has proven himself as a serious filmmaker with that directorial debut. Cooper has already got an incredible team working with him, so there are some great odds in favor of this movie. 


As stated above, the film has been pushed back to 2021, and Netflix has given the Bernstein biopic an awards season release. The new release date will make the film eligible for the Oscars in 2022. The film will most likely end up being a serious awards contender in 2 years, but only if the film is decent (of course).

This will be the first project done in coordination between Steven Spielberg and Netflix. This comes after Spielberg’s comments last year against Netflix films being allowed for award recognition, he was specifically against Netflix films being eligible for the Oscars.


Paramount was originally slated to produce the film, Amblin was attached to produce the film since early on in the process as well. The fact that Paramount lost this film and doesn’t help their box office revenue, Paramount also had the film being finished by the end of 2020. 

Most films need at least a year, unless Steven Spielberg is at the helm, he made The Post in less time. Guillermo Del Toro’s next movie, Nightmare Alley, will be filming over the next few months and Bradley Cooper has a role in that as well, so his schedule may be a little too full to finish an entire film in less than a year. Good movies take time, great movies aren’t rushed to meet a deadline either. 

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How do you feel about Bradley Cooper’s next movie going to streaming giant, Netflix? How do you feel about Spielberg finally giving in and working with his arch nemesis of 2019? Let us know in the comments below.


Written by Josh Collins

I am a bit of a film and video game fanatic. My interests include Star Wars, DC Comics, and action-adventure video games.I am a bit of a canon junkie when it comes to both Star Wars Legend and Disney canon. I love the Prequels and the Original Trilogy, while also sort of enjoying the Sequel Trilogy. I work freelance in television and film production after graduating from college in 2019. #ReleasetheSnyderCut