Bruce Beresford Helms “Taliesin”

Veteran Aussie filmmaker Bruce Beresford (“Driving Miss Daisy,” “Mao’s Last Dancer”) has signed on to direct “Taliesin”, a biopic about fabled American architect Frank Lloyd Wright says The Hollywood Reporter.

The title refers to the architect’s former home and studio in rural Spring Green, Wisconsin. The rambling hillside compound was the focus of scandal as Wright built it for himself and his married mistress Martha “Mamah” Cheney.

In 1914, while Wright was away, a domestic worker murdered Cheney, her two children and four others by locking them inside and setting fire to the building. Beresford says the story only covers a section of Wright’s life and “doesn’t whitewash him into some sort of saint.”

Nicholas Meyer penned the script while J. Todd Harris and Ed Bachrach are producing. Beresford has recently been scouting locations in and around Chicago.