Tate Taylor to Direct THE HELP for DreamWorks

     March 5, 2010

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DreamWorks has bought the rights to Kathryn Stockett’s best-selling novel The Help.  Tate Taylor will be directing from his own adapted screenplay.  He will be producing along with Michael Barnathan, Chris Columbus, 1492’s Mark Radcliffe, and his producing partner Brunson Green.  According to The Hollywood Reporter, Stockett is pleased with the choice of her friend Tate Taylor as the film’s director, saying that Tate and Green “will stay true to the story.”  Taylor last directed Pretty Ugly People and his next project will be Road Signs with Steven Rogers.  The Help is a widely popular book club choice published by Amy Einhorn Books and Putnam last year depicting relationships between women of differing social classes in the South in 1962.  A more detailed synopsis is after the jump.

Here’s the synopsis from Amazon:

The Help tells the stories of the relationships between upper-class white women and the maids and housekeepers that raise their children at the cusp of the civil rights movement, according to Amazon.  Kathryn Stockett’s novel depicts social changes in two very different societal stratas through the eyes of Eugenia Phelan, a recent college graduate returning to her hometown.  After observing how her friends and neighbors treat their house staff, she decides to write a book in which the help can talk about their experiences with their names changed.  Despite initial fears of being discovered, more and more women agree to tell their stories.  The novel describes the murders of Martin Luther King Jr. and Medgar Evers from the viewpoint of the help, and tells a unique story of life in Jackson, Mississippi during a time of tremendous societal and personal upheaval.

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