Rod Lurie (“The Contender,” “The Last Castle”) is attached to direct “Hate (A Love Story),” a film about the notorious Westboro Baptist Church at Branded Pictures Entertainment.
The story focuses on the aftermath of the 2006 death of Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder, killed while serving in Iraq. Member of Kansas church protested the funeral, with members carrying placards that read “Semper Fi Fags,” “God Hates You,” and similar provocative sentiments.
Citing defamation, invasion of privacy, and other complaints, Matthew Snyder’s father Al Snyder (a gay man whose partner was fighting cancer during the agonizing legal battle) sued the church and its founders, the Phelps family. The case ended up at the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of the church on freedom of speech grounds.
Garry Williams penned the script with Lurie, J. Todd Harris and Marc Frydman producing.