The Dust Bowl was one of the worst catastrophes in American history; dust storms wiped out entire sections of the mid-west causing hundreds of thousands of people to lose their homes and livelihoods. Variety announced that Tagline has purchased the film rights to the Timothy Egan book, The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl. Egan's book tells the story of the Dust Bowl ecological crisis through more personal stories of the survivors. The book focuses on the farm families who tried to ride out the crisis, usually due to bad advice that they could make their land suitable for farming again. Tagline has only produced television projects in the past, so this will be their first foray into feature world. Kirk Ellis, who wrote the TNT series Into The West, is attached to write the script.

For their first time out of the gate, this sounds like a pretty ambitious project for Tagline. The book is a National Book Award winner and there is a lot of information to fit into one film. No other casting announcements have been made yet, so we'll have to wait and see if Tagline can pull it off. If they don't, it's back to TV they go.

[via Empire Online]
categories Movies, Cinematical