Two films based on the life of composer Antonio Vivaldi are currently in the works, Variety reports.
According to the trade paper, Image Entertainment and Columbia announced last fall that Catherine Hardwicke would direct a film titled Vivaldi. The film focuses on the relationship between the composer, who was a priest, and singer Anna Girard, said to be his lover. Hardwicke, the director of Thirteen and Lord of Dogtown, has since left the film, but it is still under development.
Meanwhile, the independent production company Mechaniks is developing a second Vivaldi biopic titled Antonio Vivaldi, based on a screenplay by journalist Jeffrey Freedman. Folk-rock violinist Ashley MacIsaac has been asked to play the title role.
According to Variety, Freedman's script centers on Vivaldi's position as a music teacher at a school for illegitimate girls. Eventually, his success as a teacher leads to a concert of his music for the pope.