Monday, December 22, 2003

The Ballad of Essie Mae 

Low Culture reports on the new movie deal on the life of Strom Thurmond's not-a-secret-anymore illegitimate daughter. Because I felt like digging into this a little further, the screenwriter is currently slated to be Horton Foote, who's best known for penning the screenplays for To Kill a Mockingbird (1963), All the President's Men (1975) and Tender Mercies (1983). He's also won a Pulitzer and has written in all sorts of fields. He's also a strapping eighty-seven years of age, which means that no doubt he remenbers the late Senator in all of his, uh, glory. Meanwhile, the script will be based on a treatment by Washington Post reporter Marilyn Thompson, who not only is the co-author of a biography on Thurmond (as well as the author of a book on bioterrorism), but gave a speech about the subject at--wait for it--the Strom Thurmond Institute of Public Affairs at Clemson University.

It's all about the interconnectedness of the world, I suppose. But like any deal, let's see if this actually gets off the ground.

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