Damien Chazelle, an Oscar nominee for "Whiplash," will direct the film based on his own screenplay. Ryan Gosling is also circling the project, according to Deadline.com.
Production Photos: Emma Stone in Cabaret
TheWrap describes the film as "a two-hander that follows a pair of dreamers--aspiring actress Mia, who’s lonely desperate to fit in, and cocky yet charismatic jazz pianist Sebastian--who fall in love in Los Angeles. However, the city that brought them together may tear them apart, as they soon discover that balancing love and art in such a cutthroat climate isn’t easy."
Composer Justin Hurwitz ("Whiplash") will likely again join forces with Chazelle for the song-and-dance romance.
In his "lookbook" for "La La Land," Chazelle's Director’s Statement explains, "I’d like to make a contemporary musical about L.A., starting with the L.A. we know but slowly building to a vision of the city as romantic metropolis--one that is actually worthy of the dreams it inspires. I’d like to make a musical about the way L.A.’s peculiar rhythms can push its residents to the edge of their emotions--be they hope, desperation or love. Think the kind of teetering-toward-madness you see in 'The Graduate' or 'Boogie Nights,' and imagine if you were to push that further. In this case, the city pushes its residents all the way: it pushes them into song."