I know that there is probably no one who is as sick of the term 'Brat Pack' as Emilio Estevez. Luckily, he has managed to make his mark as a director and not just be the answer to a trivia question, or even worse, a pop culture punch line. The Hollywood Reporterannounced that Estevez has chosen the socially conscious drama Public as his directorial follow-up to 2006's Bobby. The story is based on a Los Angeles Times op-ed piece about how libraries were becoming the new shelters for the homeless and the mentally ill now that social programs have been cut to the bone.

Estevez also wrote the script that is, "set in Los Angeles, takes place during a 48-hour period on the two coldest days in the city, with the library overwhelmed by people seeking shelter. After getting rebuffed by the administration to keep the doors open, one librarian stages an act of civil disobedience. He ends up dealing with the library's new inhabitants, many of them mentally ill."

Estevez's inspiration for Public came from an unlikely source; mainly the movie-mogul Harvey Weinstein. A conversation that took place between the two during press for Bobby convinced Estevez to choose something really meaningful for his next project. Well, I guess you can't get heavier subject matter than the abandonment of the homeless and the mentally ill. Estevez has not begun any casting, but he is currently meeting with actors to fill the 15 plus roles in the film. Public is set to begin production on March 26th.

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