Leap of Faith's Hackford to Direct Film About Life of Tennessee Williams

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Taylor Hackford ("Ray"), who is attached as director of the forthcoming Broadway musical Leap of Faith, will direct a new film based on the early years of the American playwright Tennessee Williams.

Variety reports that Robin Shushan has penned the screenplay for "Tenn," which will be produced by Dan Halsted and Infinity Media's Michael Ohoven.

"Tenn," according to the industry paper, "focuses on how Williams' tumultuous upbringing — complete with a scornful father, depression, conflicts about sexuality and watching his beloved sister institutionalized and lobotomized — fueled the conflict in such plays as The Glass Menagerie and the Pulitzer Prize-winning A Streetcar Named Desire."

Producer Ohoven, who also produced the award-winning Truman Capote biopic "Capote," told Variety, "I had that same incredible feeling reading this script that I had on 'Capote,' and here again is an extremely dramatic story about how a torn and twisted life led Williams to write such great successes."

Neither a filming schedule nor casting has been announced for "Tenn."

Born Thomas Lanier Williams on March 26, 1911, Tennessee Williams became one of the most respected playwrights in American theatre history. His first bona fide Broadway success was the 1945 premiere of The Glass Menagerie. Two years later his production of A Streetcar Named Desire earned the young playwright both the Pulitzer Prize and the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award. Among his many other works are The Rose Tattoo, Camino Real, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sweet Bird of Youth, Night of the Iguana, Orpheus Descending, Not About Nightingales and Suddenly, Last Summer. Williams died Feb. 13, 1983.

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