“Brokeback Mountain” helmer Ang Lee will direct the gay-themed Woodstock memoir “Taking Woodstock” for Focus Features reports the trades.
James Schamus will adapt Elliot Tiber’s 2007 book set in the Summer of 1969 about an in-the-closet artist helping his aging Old World Jewish parents run their ramshackle resort motel in the Catskill Mountains.
He’s also the head of the Chamber of Commerce in his small town, and possessed of the yearly permit to hold summer music concerts – which he grants to promoter Michael Lang’s then low-key Woodstock festival to hold on his neighbour Max Yasgur’s farm.
The ensemble drama is not going to be about the famed concert itself, but will probably use music from the period. The book also deals his encounters with other famed artists, and standing defiant against the raid of the West Village gay bar Stonewall.
Schamus is aiming to head into production before year’s end on a $5-10 million budget.