Dustin Lance Black Directing What's Wrong With Virginia
by Alex Billington
May 18, 2009
Oscar winning screenwriter Dustin Lance Black (who wrote Gus Van Sant's Milk) will be making his directorial debut with a film called What's Wrong With Virginia. Variety has announced that Liam Neeson and Jennifer Connelly will star in drama. The script, also written by Lance Black, sees Connelly playing a charming but psychologically disturbed mother of a 16-year-old son. Her 20-year clandestine love with a sheriff (Neeson), who is running for the state senate, is tested when her son begins a relationship with his daughter. Shooting will start in Holland, MI in late summer, with Tick Tock Studios financing.
Dustin Lance Black is also working on developing The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test with Gus Van Sant, but other than these two projects, he doesn't have anything publicly in the works yet. This actually sounds like a very interesting film and I've got to say he at least writes very well. I really loved Milk and I think he deserved the Oscar for it. Now it's just see if he can direct, as not all screenwriters can, like Robert Siegel, who's directorial debut Big Fan was an absolute mess. I'll be pulling for Lance Black though, and will be following this project. Hopefully it'll debut at Sundance or another fest next year - we'll let you know!