By Danielle Moskowtiz
Sam Taylor-Johnson, who will not be returning to direct the “Fifty Shades of Grey” sequel, found her newest project in directing the Ted Kennedy political thriller “Chappaquiddick.”
The film will mark the first project Taylor-Johnson has worked on following the massive success of “Fifty Shades,” which hauled a record-breaking $570.5 million worldwide box.
“Chappaquiddick” has also found a producer in Mark Ciardi along with screenwriters Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan.
Ciardi commented on the future film, reported by the Hollywood Reporter saying, “I’ve done a lot of true life stories, many sport stories, but this one had a deep impact on this country. Everyone has an idea of what happened on Chappaquiddick, and this strings together the events in a compelling and emotional way. You’ll see what [Senator Ted Kennedy] had to go through.”
Apex Entertainment developed the script with DMG Entertainment and it will fully be financed through DMG Entertainment’s newly launched Apex Capital film fund.
The plot will center around the most dramatic week of Ted Kennedy’s life after being involved in a car accident in 1969. Mary Jo Kopechne, former Robert Kennedy campaign worker, died in this accident and the crash is credited for ruining his political career.
While casting is still on-going, filming is anticipated to begin next spring.