Forest Whitaker to direct, star in Louis Armstrong Biopic 'What A Wonderful World'
A major motion picture is being made on the Life Story of Louis Armstrong. A team of extraordinary film makers have committed to the project, including Academy Award winning Actor & Director, Forest Whitaker, Academy Award winning Screenwriter, Ron Bass (Rain Man, et al), Ed Pressman, Producer of over fifty motion pictures, Alain Goldman, Producer of La Vie en Rose, et al., Oscar Cohen, sole and Exclusive agent to the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. (which is the Louis Armstrong Estate) and Bruce Kaufman of International Creative Management, packager, and Toby Ludwig of 21st Century Artists, Inc.
This is the only major motion picture project ever to be authorized by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, Inc. Oscar Cohen, who was Louis Armstrong's road manager and later became Armstrongs manager after the death of Joe Glaser, was determined to tell this story to the world, on the big screen. Joe Glaser, who was Armstrong's manager for over 40 years, formed Associated Booking Corp. with Louis Armstrong in 1940. Cohen started as office boy in the late 1940s and traveled the world with Armstrong throughout his career. Cohen will be the Executive Producer of the movie. His personal accounts of Armstrongs life will be shared in biographical form.
Forest Whitaker, who has always had a passion for Louis Armstrong's story and music, will direct and star in the film.
"Louis Armstrong's music has influenced several generations of musicians, politicians, and children throughout the world. The genius of his music inspired and continues to inspire the world. This is a story of humanity. A man who not only loved his music, but loved people, and brought happiness to millions of people in his travels across the USA, Africa, Russia, Great Britain, Australia, and the whole world.” – Oscar Cohen
Armstrong had such a huge musical influence on Bing Crosby, that Crosby once said "No Armstrong, no ME...". Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Grace Kelly and Louis Armstrong starred together in the movie High Society.
Today Louis Armstrong's legacy lives on through contributions from the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation, to Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York's Beth Israel Hospital Music Therapy program, Queens College, ASCAP, summer camp for students of musicin New Orleans and various children's educational programs.
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