Sissy Spacek Looks to Make Directorial Debut with Some 'Sweet Tea'

May 10, 2011
Source: 24 Frames

Goodbye to the Buttermilk Sky / Sissy Spacek

She starred in classic films like Carrie up to recent underrated comedies like Hot Rod, and she's worked with iconic directors like Terrence Malick and Brian De Palma, not to mention snagging six Oscar nominations in her career. Now actress Sissy Spacek going to try her hand behind the scenes as 24 Frames reports she is looking to direct Sweet Tea, a drama set in the 1930's and based on a collection of supernaturally inflected short stories called Goodbye to the Buttermilk Sky by Julia Oliver. The book actually focuses on various families in Depression-era Alabama. It sounds like she's wanted to actually do this project for about ten years.

After holding the option on the book at various points over the past decade, it sounds like the project will finally get off the ground with a script from Blood Diamond writer C. Gaby Mitchell. Stories included in the book range from a tale of two college students who visit a fortune teller only to discover, eventually, that the seer mixed up their futures to the story of a woman paying solitary "Last Respects" to her former husband is so intent on her memories that she doesn't realize until the end that she has been seated before the wrong casket--her ex, it turns out, having been cremated. Most of strange supernatural overtones but remain parables of modern life. Sounds like it could be an interesting project, and it'll be a chance to see if Spacek has natural filmmaker's eye. Interested?

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