The 2015 Nicholl Fellowship winning script gets a green light.
Big news for actor, writer, and now director Elizabeth Chomko. From THR:
Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon and Robert Forster are set to star in What They Had, a drama from writer-director Elizabeth Chomko.
Blythe Danner and Taissa Farmiga are also part of the film's ensemble cast.
The story is centers on a woman (Swank) who must fly back to her hometown when her Alzheimer's-stricken mother, played by Danner, wanders into a blizzard. The return home forces her to confront her past.
Chomko is an actress and playwright making her screen directorial debut with What They Had. Her script for the film was a recipient Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences' Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting.
"What They Had" is a superb script, a finely detailed drama, small in scope, big in humanity. You may read my extensive June 2016 interview with Elizabeth here in which do a deep dive into the story.
The project begins production here in Chicago on March 22nd.
Congratulations, Elizabeth, and good luck!