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Rachel Morrison — the first woman to earn a best cinematography Oscar nomination for her work on Mudbound — is in talks to make her feature directorial debut with Universal’s Flint Strong.
The script was penned by Oscar-winning writer-director Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and is based on the 2015 boxing documentary T-Rex, which was directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper.
T-Rex tells the story of 17-year-old Claressa “T-Rex” Shields, a Flint, Michigan, native whose dreams of becoming the first woman in history to win a gold medal in Olympic boxing are realized at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Shields won a second gold medal in women’s middleweight boxing.
Universal acquired Shields’ life rights and rights to the documentary in 2016.
Michael De Luca will produce via his Universal-based Michael De Luca Productions, alongside Elishia Holmes and Jenkins. Canepari and Cooper will executive produce. Erik Baiers will oversee the project for the studio.
Morrison’s other credits include Ryan Coogler’s breakout Fruitvale Station and the Marvel movie Black Panther. She recently directed the Starz pilot Hightown for executive producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
Morrison is repped by CAA and Circle of Confusion.
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