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Mudbound helmer Dee Rees is set to direct An Uncivil War, a drama chronicling the battle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The fight saw activist Gloria Steinem, lawyer Florynce “Flo” Kennedy and other leaders of the women’s movement up against conservative organizer Phyllis Schlafly.
FilmNation is fully financing the film and is producing alongside Peter Heller, with FilmNation’s vp development Ashley Fox overseeing on behalf of the company. Rees will direct from a new version of David Kukoff’s original script. Principal casting is already underway, with production set to begin in early 2018.
“I’m particularly interested in digging into the messiness of the women’s movement — the many different alliances that were formed and fractured and exploring who got left behind vs who got remembered,” Rees said in a statement. “The richness and texture of this story lie in the complicated bargains struck and broken in the imperfect, stuttering trajectory toward equality. Thrilled that FilmNation let me put my own spin on the script and I’m going to have a lot of fun putting together another amazing ensemble cast to ignite it.”
Rees, who also helmed the indie hit Pariah and the Emmy-winning HBO film Bessie, is on a roll after directing Mudbound, the critically acclaimed post-WWII drama which Netflix nabbed out of Sundance. She also is set to tackle the Joan Didion-penned political thriller The Last Thing He Wanted, which follows a Washington Post journalist thrown unexpectedly into the dangerous world of arms dealing.
Rees is repped by WME.
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