Ennio Morricone Signs On to Score Holocaust Biopic

Ennio Morricone Signs On to Score Holocaust Biopic
Despite suffering some recent health issues that forced him to cancel a series of tour dates, legendary film maestro Ennio Morricone has officially revealed his next scoring project. Following his work on last year's Oscar-winning Quentin Tarantino film The Hateful Eight, Morricone will soundtrack a Holocaust biopic called A Rose in Winter.

As EW reports, the news was announced on Sunday (May 15) at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival. Joshua Sinclair (Gigolo, Judgment in Berlin) is set to write, direct and produce the film, and it's described as a Holocaust biopic revolving around Jewish philosopher Edith Stein, who was killed by Nazis at Auschwitz on August 9, 1942, after fighting for women's rights and gender equality in Germany. Stein is the the only Jewish patron saint of Europe.

Apparently, the film will tell her story from the perspective of New York Times journalist Michael Rosten in the '60s.

"This film sheds light on the story of an exceptional woman whose courage and tenacity demonstrated the interdependence of religions in the shaping of the Western world. This Judeo-Christian interdependence is extremely important in defining and preserving the identity of a Western world that is toying, once again, with the beast of anti-Semitism," Sinclair said of the film in a statement. "Very few people understand the greater significance of Edith Stein's journey, and I feel compelled to make sure we all know more about her and what she stood for through this project."

At this point, no casting announcements have been made, but the film is being produced by George Edde, Max Keller and Micheline Keller. A Rose in Winter is also currently without a firm release date.