Rod Lurie to Direct Westboro Baptist Church Legal Drama
The story centers on the court case surrounding the church and the family of deceased Marine Matthew Snyder.
Rob Lurie is attached to direct the drama Hate (A Love Story), which centers on a real-life legal battle that surrounded the infamous Westboro Baptist Church.
In 2006, Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder was killed while serving in Iraq. His funeral in Westminster, Maryland, was protested by Westboro Baptist Church members who carried signs that read “God Hates You.” Citing defamation, invasion of privacy and other complaints, Snyder's father, Al, sued the church and its founders, the Phelps family. The highly publicized case ended up at the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the church and the Phelps family on freedom of speech grounds.
J. Todd Harris' Branded Pictures picked up the rights to Garry Williams’ adaptation of Al Snyder’s story. The writer recently worked with the production company on the feature So B. It.
Another feature centering on the Westboro Baptist Church is currently being developed. Marc Webb is set to direct the feature film This Above All, the story of former member Megan Phelps-Roper, with Nick Hornby adapting from a New Yorker article by Adrian Chen and Phelps-Roper's upcoming memoir.