Misty Copeland is having the best year ever.
She made history when she became the first African-American woman principal dancer at the American Ballet Company, and since then, she has graced the covers of Essence and Time magazines, who labeled her a “pioneer” and “trailblazer.” All this has catapulted her popularity, and helped to grant her the opportunity to now produce a show on FOX based on her life. This, according to Deadline:
Misty Copeland, who broke barriers and defied convention to emerge as a ballet superstar, has teamed with rising writer Tracy Oliver for a drama set in the world of dance. The untitled project, which has been set up at Fox through 20th Century Fox TV, follows a young, hip and diverse group of aspiring dancers as they fiercely compete for places in a top ballet company.
Copeland’s improbable rise has captivated media attention. She went from living in a motel room with her mother and siblings and only starting ballet classes at age 13 to this year becoming the first African-American principal dancer at the prestigious American Ballet Theatre, despite not having what is considered a standard ballerina body. Copeland addressed her struggles with adversity and rejection in her 2014 Under Armor commercial, which went viral and made her a pop culture icon.