David Fincher to produce Dorothea Lange biopic

Lange's "Migrant Mother" 1936

David Fincher is reportedly set to produce a film about the famous American photographer and photojournalist Dorothea Lange, who produced some of the most iconic photos of the 1930’s Great Depression.

Born in New Jersey in 1895, Lange frequently captured images of the unemployed and the downtrodden in the darkest economic era of the United States’ history. Her best known photograph is perhaps 1936’s ‘Migrant Mother’, whilst many of her works have inspired art, literature and film since then. One notable example is the author John Steinbeck, who credited Lange as an influence in writing ‘The Grapes of Wrath’.

However, Lange’s successful professional life was marred by numerous health problems, with the photographer suffering from polio as a child and many other illnesses as an adult.

Fincher (Fight Club, The Social Network) will take on an executive producer role for the film once post-production on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is completed. Angela Workman, the writer of upcoming film Brontë, is to pen the screenplay, whilst documentary-maker Leslie Dektor will take the helm as director.

With no one as of yet signed on to star as Lange, a release date before 2012 seems unlikely, but watch this space.

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