Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal, two of the directors of the Oscar-nominated Chico & Rita (2010), are teaming up to direct They Shot the Piano Player, another animated musical feature. The film promises to do for bossa nova what their last work did for Cuban jazz.
They Shot the Piano Player centers on a journalist from New York who sets out to investigate the story of “Tenório Jr,” a Brazilian piano prodigy who has vanished. The story appears to be inspired by the disappearance in 1976 of pianist Francisco Tenório Júnior. Jeff Goldblum is attached to voice the journalist.
The feature, currently in pre-production, is being financed by Film Constellation, a production, financing, and sales company based in London, U.K. This is its first animated project.