Henry Ford Biopic To Center On His Forgotten Jungle City
Kyle 2012/08/24 13:42:56
reports River Road Entertainment is developing into a feature film.
Producers Bill Pohlad and Sarah Hammer have already hired screenwriter
Ben Coccio, who co-wrote Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to the
controversial Blue Valentine, The Place Beyond the Pines, to adapt the heralded book, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
Like it's subject, the film itself must be ambitious as it's set in
Fordlandia, a 1927 settlement twice the size of Delaware that the
American industrialist set up in the Amazon to grow rubber. Fueled by
his belief that workers deserved substantial wages for their work—a
philosophy actually dubbed Fordism—he also attempted to include golf
courses, ice-cream shops, bandstands, indoor plumbing and other American
luxuries in his new colony. But despite his best efforts, culture
clashes with the indigenous people and the jungle itself made it
impossible for Ford to imprint his will onto the wild.
It's a fascinating and little known story that could prove topical as
well as massive in scope. It'll be interesting to see how River Road
chooses to develop this story, and what themes they'll pull from Ford's
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