Tennessee Williams Movie in the Works at Broad Green

Broad Green Pictures is developing a movie about iconic playwright Tennessee Williams, based on John Lahr’s book “Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh.”

Williams authored “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “The Glass Menagerie,” “Sweet Bird of Youth” and “The Night of the Iguana.”

The untitled project has not yet been set up with a writer or director. Lauren McCarthy and Shary Shirazi will be overseeing the project for the company.

Williams was born in Mississippi and had an unhappy childhood, dominated by an alcoholic father. He attended the University of Missouri’s Columbia Journalism School before dropping out to work at a shoe factory.

Williams suffered a nervous breakdown at the age of 24. He scored his first success in 1944 with “The Glass Menagerie,” the story of a young man, his disabled sister and their controlling mother, and saw his biggest success in 1947 with “A Streetcar Named Desire.”

Williams became an alcoholic later in life, tormented by the inability to replicate his earlier successes. He died at the age of 71.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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