Julie Dash to Direct New Biopic About Rosa Park's Life
Julie Dash signed on to direct a biopic of Rosa Park's life that will center around the decade before Parks said "Nah," and helped to launch the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Dash, first made history with her 1991 film “Daughters of the Dust,” and became the first African-American woman to direct a feature film that would be distributed theatrically in the U.S. (If you haven't seen "Daughter's of the Dust," I don't know what you're doing with your life). Dash also directed a TV movie about Parks' life in 2002, starring Angela Bassett, entitled
"The Rosa Parks Story," so it only makes sense to let the queen direct this film now.
The biopic will take place when she “sought justice for 24-year-old wife and mother Recy Taylor, who was brutally gang-raped by six white men in Alabama in 1944.” The film is based on Danielle McGuire’s nonfiction book “At the Dark End of the Street: Black Women, Rape, and Resistance — A New History of the Civil Rights Movement from Rosa Parks to the Rise of Black Power.”
“I jumped at the opportunity to dive head first back into the Rosa Parks story,” Dash told Deadline in an interview in September. “Doing the CBS movie, I realized that there was so much more to her life, legacy, and her activism that we didn’t have time in one [movie]. It was fascinating and just as dramatic as the Montgomery bus boycott, which is what she’s known for, but there is so much more.”
The film will incorporate stories of other black activists who fought for justice for Recy Taylor as well.
Production is slated for 2018 and we can't wait to get film stills and a trailer.