The story centers on a jazz orchestra teacher who unleashes his frustrations on a young drummer (Miles Teller), forming a bond with the musician in the process. The tone is described as Full Metal Jacket set at a Juliard-type performing arts school. The project is based on a short film of the same name, which won the Sundance Short Film Jury earlier this year, and was made primarily to secure funding for a feature film.
Damien Chazelle is directing from his screenplay, which landed on The Black List in 2012, with Jason Blum, Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook, and Couper Samuelson producing. Shooting is scheduled to begin in September.