Dee Rees, director of soon to be released historical based drama ‘Mudbound‘ slated to tackle another historical based film. ‘An Uncivil War’ will detail the fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment in the 1970’s. ‘An Uncivil War’ has begun principal casting and filming for the drama is projected to begin early 2018.
The Equal Rights Amendment, a radical piece of legislation for the times aimed to dismantle sexist practices against women. ‘An Uncivil War’ will focus on Gloria Steinem and Florynce “Flo” Kennedy, two prolific leaders of the Women’s movement while Phyllis Schlafly opposed their beliefs.
Although the film takes place during the height of the Women’s movement of the 1970’s, the fight for equality, intersectionality and resistance will resonate with past and present generations of viewers.
“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.
FilmNation Entertainment will produce the film with Peter Heller. FilmNation, VP of Development Ashley Fox overseeing the project.
“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 Ben Browning, FilmNation Co-President of Production & Acquisitions.
Dee Rees who also worked on ‘Bessie‘, the TV film chronicling the life of blues entertainer Bessie Smith and ‘Pariah‘, the story of a Brooklyn teen who struggles to find sexual acceptance has successful films under her wing and with “MudBound’ and ‘An Uncivil War’ continues to bring important stories to life.