Isaac Julien, the British helmer who has become better known as a video artist, is set to direct his first feature film for more than a decade.
“Tula” is a biopic of Caroline Cossey, the transsexual who became a model and Bond girl before her past as a man was exposed by the tabloid press.
Pic, scripted and produced by Neal Weisman, is based on Cossey’s book “My Story.”
Julien was touted as “the British Spike Lee” after his 1991 movie “Young Soul Rebels.” Subsequently, though, he has focused on docs (most recently, “Bad Ass Cinema” about blaxploitation movies for IFC), cultural criticism (he teaches at Harvard) and video installations. All his work is heavily engaged with issues of racial and homosexual identity.
He was shortlisted last year for the Turner Prize, the U.K.’s best-known art award.