Los Angeles, CA, March 08, 2013 --(PR.com
)-- Musicals have sung and danced their way into the 21st century. With the recent success of the slew of new musicals on television and on film, a road has been paved for young filmmakers to join the bandwagon. "Le Grand Jete", translates into "The Big Leap" and that's what the filmmakers at A Sorta Fairytale productions have been doing...and not just in their dance classes.
Alice L. Walker, after choreographing and directing Cinderella; A Rock n’ Romance Ballet, began writing Le Grand Jete, based on her experiences. She then teamed up with producers Jessica Moreno and Kerry Finlayson because they have a joint vision: create a classic Golden Age musical with a 21st century edge. Sounds like happily ever after. Not quite, because every good tale has a battle that must be fought and won. Leap forward three years, after much toil and turmoil, the trio has finally hit the right chord.
Le Grand Jete has attracted the attention and creative juices of renowned screenwriter Larry Wilson, known for Beetlejuice and The Addams Family.
According to Larry, Alice’s first draft of Le Grand Jete was a great combination of the contemporary and the classic and had a quirky edge that really spoke to him. Seeing her work on the Cinderella ballet showed him that she works in that magical, almost surreal, world that is also his creative home.
What started as a mentorship bloomed into a writing partnership and since then the two have come out with a screenplay that is now attracting the attention of A-list talent.
The Red Shoes, An American in Paris, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and so many of the pre-60’s musicals have always been inspiring to Alice's work. She is overjoyed to create a new and timeless musical. To be actualizing it with the astoundingly imaginative and dynamic Larry Wilson is an honor and a great learning experience for the production company.
Le Grand Jete will be shot in Chicago, on film, honoring its technicolor roots, where Walker grew up as a dancer. The city’s rich backdrop and theatricality will lend itself to the Vaudevillian, romantic qualities of Le Grand Jete. Alas they are dancing their way to a green light.