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Lee Daniels Eyeing 'The Scottsboro Boys' Musical For A Feature Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2010 7:13 AM
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Lee Daniels seems to be taking his time in choosing a followup to last year's leftfield Oscar contender, "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire." For a while, it looked like all things were go on the civil rights drama "Selma." It had a killer cast lined up that included Hugh Jackman, Liam Neeson, David Oyelowo, Ray Winstone, Robert De Niro and Cedric the Entertainer but it couldn't manage to get the financing together, as the film got further and further pushed back until now, it appears to be off the map altogether. Perhaps seeing the writing on the wall, Daniels signed on this summer to direct "The Butler," a film based on the true story of White House servant Eugene Allen who worked in the most important house in the land for 34 years and eight presidents, most crucially, during the years when segregation was slowly eliminated and civil rights came to the fore (sensing a theme yet?). The project is still in development and now another one has caught Daniels' eye.

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