FilmNation Entertainment has announced Mudbound director Dee Rees will direct their film, An Uncivil War.
Principal casting is currently underway, with production set to kick off in the first quarter of 2018.
An Uncivil War chronicles the explosive battle to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, which rallied feminist icon Gloria Steinem and legendary lawyer/activist Florynce “Flo” Kennedy, and other leaders of the Women’s movement to action against conservative organizer Phyllis Schlafly. The film speaks powerfully to today’s ongoing struggles for equality, intersectionality, political resistance and lasting social change.
“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,” said Rees. “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.”
“We are thrilled to have Dee Rees on board to direct AN UNCIVIL WAR. She’s the ideal director to bring to life this dynamic and timely story filled with indelible characters,” said FilmNation Co-President of Production & Acquisitions Ben Browning.
This is another project on the Mudbound director’s to-do list. She’s also directing an adaptation of the political thriller, The Last Thing He Wanted. She’s also tackling a horror film on black lesbians in rural America with Get Out producer Blumhouse.