With debates over same-sex marriage swirling around this election season, it was only a matter of time before someone took this issue and made it into yet another film. Only, Freeheld was actually a matter of timing. Ellen Page, after all, attached herself to this fact-based drama all the way back in May of 2010, and then… that was the last we heard.
Fast-forward to August of 2012, when a second update has finally arrived — the right kind of update. Deadline informs us the newly-formed Incognito Pictures will partner with Endgame Entertainment, Vie Entertainment, Double Feature Films, and Cynthia Wade — the lattermost of whom is behind the Oscar-nominated documentary short upon which this is based — to bring Freeheld to life.
Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) is behind the script, which itself tells the true story of New Jersey native Stacie Andree. The auto mechanic was living a comfortable existence with her partner of five years, Laurel, until the medical benefits provided to her as a police officer were blocked on account of a state law against same-sex couples. With the help of Laurel’s fellow officer, she began a crusade for protection that would soon garner national attention.
Needless to say, Freeheld very much sounds like the sort of project made for a nomination or two when “that time” comes; a negative though that may, in some ways, be, its story is still the sort of inspirational fight for rights which can pull heartstrings and activate tearducts when properly executed. Because of Page and Nyswaner, frankly, I’m rather glad this one didn’t toil in development hell for another two years.
Does Freeheld sound like a project worth getting behind?
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