Patricia Arquette is joining the likes of Barbra Streisand, Brie Larson, Angelina Jolie, and Elizabeth Banks as celebrated actresses making the jump from screen stars to filmmakers.
EW has confirmed the Oscar-winning Boyhood performer will direct her first feature film, inspired by the 1970s housewives-turned-activists at the center of Will Battersby’s upcoming documentary The Canal, for TriStar. Deadline first reported the news.
Titled Love Canal, the project will follow a band of working class women from the titular New York neighborhood who stood up to government power and the chemical industry, ultimately pressing President Jimmy Carter to approve relocating their families from houses built atop lots previously used as toxic chemical dumping grounds.
Fathers and Daughters scribe Brad Desch penned the screenplay, with Arquette, Safe House’s Tory Tunnell, and Battersby producing alongside 3 Arts’ Richard Abate and executive producers Joby Harold and Molly Madden. Arquette previously directed a pair of episodes from her NBC series Medium in 2009.
The film’s themes of female empowerment seem to echo Arquette’s powerful 2015 Oscars acceptance speech, in which she said, “To every woman who gave birth, to every tax payer and citizen of this nation, we fought for everybody else’s equal rights: it’s our time to have wage equality once and for all, and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Further details for Love Canal — including a cast and release date — have yet to be announced.