Director Dee Rees (Bessie, Pariah) is adding another project to her growing slate and is quickly becoming a powerful voice in Hollywood. Fresh off her DGA Award win for Best TV/Miniseries Bessie, she has been tapped to write and direct World War II independent drama Mudbound based on the 2009 novel by Hillary Jordan. Carey Mulligan, Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton), and Jason Clarke (Zero Dark Thirty) are set to star in this film.
The film is set in 1946 rural Mississippi just after WWII. Henry and Laura McAllan start a new life on a cotton farm, where Laura feels far from at home, struggling to raise two young children in an isolated shack under the eye of her racist father-in-law. When it rains, the waters rise up and swallow the bridge to town, stranding the family in a sea of mud.
As the war comes to an end, two young men return from Europe to help work the farm. Jamie McAllan is everything his older brother Henry is not and is sensitive to Laura’s plight, but also haunted by his memories of combat. Ronsel Jackson, meanwhile, eldest son of the black sharecroppers who live on the farm, comes home from war a hero, only to face far more dangerous battles against the ingrained bigotry of his own countrymen. These two unlikely friends become players in a tragedy.
This film will be executive produced by Poppy Hanks and produced by Charles King, Kim Roth, Cassian Elwes, Sally Jo Effenson, Carl Effenson, Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros. MACRO will co-finance this project with Zeal, and Good Universe will sell foreign rights.
Charles King‘s Macro is a multi-platform media company that focuses on creating premium content for African American, Latino and multicultural audiences. King left William Morris Endeavor (WME) a little over a year ago to produce film and television projects targeting African American, Latino and multicultural audiences.
Variety was first to report this news.