A couple of months ago I posted a "wish list" entry about Meryl portraying 19th-centrury suffragist Susan B. Anthony in a feature film. In it I included a link to an online screenplay by writer Helise Flickstein about the lives and work of Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. At the time, the script had no backing or buzz to speak of. This week I've learned from Flickstein that the script has caught the attention of a couple of producers with Circa Productions and that they're going to pitch it at the American Film Market in early November. In addition, Roseanne Barr has evidently shown interest in participating. She-Devil reunion, anyone?
Despite this all being very preliminary, I'm so thrilled at the idea of this even being considered for production. So many other things would certainly have to fall into place for Meryl to be involved, but remember that Streep herself stated last year that she wanted to do a film about Anthony and Stanton with Kathy Bates. That chance just took one important step closer to reality. Were this project to get financing, Streep could likely be sent the script (maybe Roseanne could give her a call to nudge her participation), deals could be worked out, directors sought, and we could be on track for filming by 2015. Just in time for a possible 2016 release where our first viable female candidate for U.S. president may be in the grips of her campaign.
This project has been a 10-year journey for Flickstein. Best wishes in the coming weeks that The Revolutionists continues to move forward.