Hands of Stone helmer Jonathan Jakubowicz will direct from a screenplay he wrote.
Described as in the vein of Life Is Beautiful, the story will detail how Marceau learned to mime to survive and to save the lives of Jewish orphans whose parents had just been killed by the Nazis. He was born Marcel Mangel and grew up speaking Yiddish as the son of a kosher butcher from Strasbourg, France. His father was eventually killed in Auschwitz.
Marceau was most famous for his stage persona as Bip the Clown. He referred to mime as the "art of silence," and he performed professionally worldwide for more than 60 years. He gave his first major performance to 3,000 American troops after the liberation of Paris in August 1944.
For his work with the French Resistance, Marceau was made Grand Officier de la Legion d'Honneur and was awarded the National Order of Merit in France. He even counted Michael Jackson as a friend (Jackson credited him as the original creator of his landmark moonwalk).Read more at HollywoodReporter