Update: Elizabeth Chomko’s “What They Had”

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.

Elizabeth Chomko

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!


Update: Elizabeth Chomko's "What They Had" was originally published in Go Into The Story on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.

Go Into The Story – Medium

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