“The Painted Veil” helmer John Curran is in final negotiations to direct the high-profile indie drama “Chappaquiddick” starring Jason Clarke as embattled Senator Ted Kennedy.
The story deals with the infamous car accident in 1969 when, after driving off a bridge, the young Ted Kennedy panicked and left the scene of the accident – leaving his 28 year-old passenger Mary Jo Kopechne to drown.
After the accident and over the course of the next week, Kennedy struggled between following his own moral compass or using his power and influence to save his Presidential aspirations and protect the Kennedy family legacy.
“Fifty Shades of Grey” helmer Sam Taylor-Johnson was previously attached to direct but had to pull out due to scheduling issues with Netflix’s “Gypsy”. Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan wrote the screenplay while Mark Ciardi and Campbell McInnes will produce.
“Chappaquiddick” will begin filming late Summer.