Scribe Anderson to make helming debut with pic

DreamWorks and Revolution Studios are joining forces to make “The Prizewinner of Defiant, Ohio,” with Julianne Moore in line to star.

Project will mark the feature directing debut of Jane Anderson, who wrote the script and is coming off the acclaimed telepic “Normal,” which starred Tom Wilkinson and Jessica Lange.

Fact-based story concerns a mother of 10 who saved her family when she entered and won a contest to think up a song for a commercial product. She then supported her kids by becoming a jingle writer in the 1950s.

Imagemovers partners Robert Zemeckis, Jack Rapke and Steve Starkey are producing.

Pic had been developed at DreamWorks, which has domestic, but the Revolution pair-up and fast-tracking of the project came about last week when the script circulated and several top actresses angled for the lead role. Revolution has international.

Anderson also wrote the script for “The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom,” “When Billie Beat Bobby” and “How to Make An American Quilt.”

The job will go to Moore, who stars with Pierce Brosnan in “Laws of Attraction” and toplined the Revolution pic “The Forgotten” which opens in September. A formal offer is expected to be made and negotiations to commence this week.

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