New York, NY & Los Angeles, CA – Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017 – FilmNation Entertainment announced today that MUDBOUND director Dee Rees has come on board to direct AN UNCIVIL WAR. Principal casting on the film is already underway with a fast-track to shooting in the first quarter of 2018, making the project Rees’s follow up to her critically-acclaimed drama MUDBOUND, which Netflix acquired in one of the year’s major Sundance deals.
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.
FilmNation Entertainment is fully financing the pic and is producing the film alongside Peter Heller. FilmNation, VP of Development Ashley Fox will oversee on behalf of the company.
"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.
Dee Rees is represented by WME and Victoria Cook at Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein & Selz.
Rees adapted David Kukoff’s original script and is also a writer on the project. FilmNation Entertainment’s acquisition of David Kukoff’s script was announced at last year’s Venice Film Festival. Kukoff is repped by ESArtists.