Identity Films, Flat Penny to develop political drama

After more than six decades, “State of the Union” is heading back to the bigscreen with Identity Films and Flat Penny Films developing a feature version of the political drama.

The banners have secured the underlying rights to the play, written by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse. The duo won a Pulitzer Prize and the play was adapted as a 1948 feature by Frank Capra starring Spencer Tracy, Katharine Hepburn and Angela Lansbury.

Tracy portrayed a Republican candidate for president backed by a female newspaper magnate, played by Lansbury, who intends to deadlock the Republican convention and put forward her candidate as a compromise. Hepburn portrayed the estranged wife of Tracy’s character.

Project will be produced by Identity’s Anthony Mastromauro and Flat Penny’s Amy Lanier. The producers are seeking writers.

Mastromauro is a producer on a pair of completed family dramas — “As Cool as I Am,” adapted from Pete Fromm’s coming-of-age novel, and “After the Fall,” about a couple building a hospital following their daughter’s death.

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