Feud: Bette and Joan Writers to Pen Vivien Leigh Biopic


We're getting a Vivien Leigh biopic from the writers of Feud: Betty and Joan

We’re getting a Vivien Leigh biopic from the writers of Feud: Betty and Joan

Michael Zam and Jaffe Cohen, the Emmy-nominated writers of the Ryan Murphy FX limited series Feud: Bette and Joan, are working on a biopic about Gone with the Wind actress Vivien Leigh, according to Variety. The duo will reportedly adapt the story from the book Vivien Leigh: A Biography by Hugo Vickers. The film will feature the life of the actress and her life with Laurence Olivier. The film will be produced and financed by MGR Films’ Tim MacReady and Mira Vucevic with David A. Stern.

In addition to the Vivien Leigh biopic, Zam and Cohen are working on a project based on William J. Mann’s biography Wisecracker: The Life and Times of William Haines, Hollywood’s First Openly Gay Star. They’re also working on another biopic called Kate, about the secret life of film star Katharine Hepburn.

Vivien Leigh won the Academy Award for Best Actress twice. First for her portrayal of Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind and second for playing Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire. She was married to Laurence Olivier from 1940-1960 and passed away in 1967 at the age of 53. She also appeared in films like Waterloo Bridge and Ship of Fools.

In Feud: Bette and Joan, we learn the story of the legendary rivalry during Crawford and Davis’ collaboration on the Academy Award-nominated thriller What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and well after the cameras stopped rolling. The series explores how the two women endured ageism, sexism, and misogyny while struggling to hang on to success and fame in the twilight of their careers.

Are you guys excited to learn about the upcoming Vivien Leigh biopic? What do you think of the writing team on the job? We want to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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