Lee Daniels to make movie musical based on his own life

The director of Precious, The Butler and the TV series Empire is at work on a film with original songs about his turbulent past.


Lee Daniels, the Oscar-nominated director of Precious, The Butler, The Paperboyand TV series Empire, is to make an autobiographical movie musical. Speaking to Billboard, Daniels, 59, said he was “in talks about doing a musical film about my life. I’ve had a pretty interesting life. I’ve come from the projects. I’ve been homeless.”

Daniels’ career began as a receptionist at a nursing agency, which he quit to found his own agency; it had 5,000 nurses affiliated with it by the time he was 21. After selling up he became an actors’ agent, representing Wes Bentley and Michael Shannon among others.

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