The Lion King Tony winner Julie Taymor, who will also be represented on Broadway this season with the revival of David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly, has been tapped to direct a biopic about feminist icon Gloria Steinem for June Pictures, according to Deadline.
Tony nominee and Pulitzer Prize Finalist Sarah Ruhl (In the Next Room, The Clean House) will pen the coming-of-age story based on Steinem's memoir, My Life on the Road.
Andrew Duncan and Alex Saks will produce for June Pictures along with director Taymor and Lynn Hendee. Executive producers include Steinem and Amy Richards.
“I can’t imagine anyone more magical than Julie Taymor—or more understanding than Lynn Hendee and Sarah Ruhl,” Steinem told Deadline. “So now that we are on this journey together, I hope and believe the result will encourage many more travelers—especially women in all our diverse realities—to tell our own stories.”
Taymor added, “When I read the book, it demanded that it be a film. It’s so vividly cinematic, with entertaining and complex characters and, like Gloria herself, also witty and provocative. From reluctant spokesperson to a beacon of positive change, hers is a singular journey—an American leader who can speak to us all.”