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Ang Lee and James Schamus turn to 'Taking Woodstock'

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Director Ang Lee and his writing/producing partner James Schamus (Brokeback Mountain, Lust, Caution) have chosen their next project. The duo will conquer the true story Taking Woodstock, a comedy based on Elliot Tiber’s memoir Taking Woodstock: A True Story of a Riot, A Concert, and a Life.

The tale centers around Tiber’s unexpected role in making the 1969 Woodstock festival into the iconic happening of its time. Tiber, an interior designer and part-time manager of his family’s Catskills motel, had become the local town’s issuer of event permits. When he heard that the planned Woodstock concert had been denied a permit in a nearby hamlet, he offered his own. Soon, half a million people were on their way to Tiber’s neighbor’s farm in upstate New York.

Schamus is currently writing the screenplay. Back in March, Lee told EW that he was looking to make a movie based on some lighter material. Taking Woodstock seems to fit that bill.