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Irish director John Carney is teaming up with movie legend Martin Scorsese to film a new musical.

The director of Once and Sing Street is to make Fascinating Rhythm, a drama inspired by the life and music of renowned American composer George Gershwin.

Scorsese will produce the film along with his longtime producing partner Irwin Winkler, with Carney also co-writing the script with Chris Cluess.

The film follows “a young woman's magical journey through past and present New York City," and reportedly has the full cooperation of the Gershwin estate.

That allows the composer's music to be featured throughout the film.

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ohn Carney on set of "Sing Street"

ohn Carney on set of "Sing Street"

ohn Carney on set of "Sing Street"

Gershwin penned such iconic songs as "I Got Rhythm," "Summertime," and the movie's namesake tune "Fascinating Rhythm," as well as orchestral works like “Rhapsody in Blue” and the opera “Porgy and Bess.”

Dubliner Carney, who was one of the creators of the hugely popular Bachelors Walk TV series on RTE, had big screen hits with Once in 2007 and Sing Street in 2016.

Once was made for less than €150,000 but made nearly €7m in its first three months at the worldwide box office and earned its star, Glen Hansard, an Oscar for the song Falling Down which he co-wrote with the film’s co-star Markéta Irglova.

Raging Bull and Goodfellas director Scorsese has long planned a biopic of Gershwin and was working on the idea as far back as the 1990s.

Steven Spielberg, a big fan of Carney’s Once, was also planning a biopic of the composer in 2010 but it never got off the ground.

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