The director of controversial Dakota Fanning starrer “Hounddog” is taking on the life of Southern scribe Carson McCullers with the biopic “Lonely Hunter.”
Helmer Deborah Kampmeier will team with Abigail Disney’s Fork Films on the project.
Sarah Schulman pens the script based on her play “Carson McCullers (Historically Inaccurate),” which played Off Broadway in 2002.
Film will chronicle 35 years in the life of McCullers, who died in 1967 at age 50 and whose works include novels “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter,” “The Member of the Wedding” and novella “The Ballad of the Sad Cafe.”
Cast of characters in McCullers’ bio includes pal Tennessee Williams, protege Truman Capote, roommate Gypsy Rose Lee and Broadway collaborator Ethel Waters, as well as her husband, Reeves McCullers, whom she married twice.
Fork Films, which produced 2008 docu “Pray the Devil Back to Hell,” is also at work on “Women, War and Peace” for PBS Wide Angle.