The Hollywood Reporter says Screen Gems and Jennifer Aniston are teaming up to tell a tale of lingering racial tensions in the Deep South.
The company has acquired Holler (aka “Mutt”), written by Dana Adam Shapiro. The film will be produced by Aniston’s partner at Echo Films, Kristin Hahn, along with Tracey Durning. Aniston will executive produce with Jeff Mandel.
Inspired by true events, the script centers on a biracial high school student who returns with his white mother to her hometown in Mississippi, where he falls for a white girl. When prom season arrives at the high school, he is shocked to discover that she cannot be his date at the segregated prom. He soon finds himself the catalyst for change for not only the prom but for the school and entire town.