Young takes ‘Purple’ helm

Veteran indie filmmaker Robert M. Young is attached to direct the Southern drama “Deep Purple” by actress-turned-scribe Karen Black.

In the casting stage, the film will be produced by Marie Cantin, who exec produced “Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead.”

Set in rural Alabama in the 1940s, the script focuses on an educated woman trapped in an unhappy marriage and her search for the baby she gave up for adoption years before.

Black developed the screenplay 10 years ago under the tutelage of Waldo Salt at the Sundance Institute’s June Lab. It was the first script written by the actress, best known for her roles in such ’70s classics as “Five Easy Pieces,” “Nashville” and “The Day of the Locust.”

Since penning “Purple,” Black has gone on to co-write the indie feature “Men” along with James Andronica and director Zoe Clarke-Williams. ” Young’s directing credits include “Caught,” “Roosters,” “The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez,” “Dominick and Eugene” and “Extremities.”

He’s currently working with playwright Richard Dresser on an adaptation of Dresser’s Off Broadway play “Below the Belt.”

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