8/28/2017

Westboro Baptist Church Film In The Works From Marc Webb & Nick Hornby


Marc Webb hasn't been around that long as a feature filmmaker, but his career has been fascinating to watch. He broke out with the indie darling 500 Days of Summer, then his path went painfully conventional with two Amazing Spider-Man movies that underwhelmed. Since then he's gone back to his indie roots for the excellent and well-received Gifted, followed by the not-so well received (but not so bad) The Only Living Boy in New York mere months later. Now he's getting serious with a movie that will be politically-charged to say the least.

Webb will join with screenwriter Nick Hornby (High Fidelity, Brooklyn) for This Above All, a film about the infamous Westboro Baptist Church. Yeah, the folks who protest everything, including the funerals of dead soldiers. The film will be based on the memoir by Megan Phelps-Roper, the granddaughter of Church founder Fred Phelps, and a former member herself until she figured out how loathsome they were. She and her sister left the Church, a difficult decision that saw them be disowned by their family. 

I'm curious to see how this plays out, and who in particular will take on the role of Fred Phelps if there is one. Michael Parks knocked it out of the park playing a Phelps-inspired character in Kevin Smith's Red State. If he were around he'd be the guy I'd call.