Black Panther DP Rachel Morrison is set to make her directorial debut with Universal Pictures’ Flint Strong, according to Variety. The film is based on the 2015 documentary about boxing entitled T-REX, which was directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper.
The script for Flint Strong comes to us from Barry Jenkins and was reportedly looking to direct himself. He will produce the film instead. Also producing are Michael De Luca through his Michael De Luca Productions with Elishia Holmes and Jenkins. Canepari and Cooper will executive produce.
According to the site, the film is the story of “17-year-old Claressa ‘T-Rex’ Shields, a Flint, Mich., native whose dreams of becoming the first woman in history to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing were realized at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. At the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, Shields won a second gold medal in women’s middleweight boxing. The studio acquired Shields’ life rights and rights to the documentary in 2016.”
Morrison is known for Black Panther and garnered an Oscar nomination for Mudbound. She was the first female cinematographer to get a nomination.
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