Oscar winner Patricia Arquette is stepping behind the camera for the first time to direct Love Canal.
The actress’ directorial debut will be based on Will Battersby’s upcoming documentary The Canal, which centered on a group of New York housewives, who took on the government and the chemical industry in the 1970s.
They succeeded in persuading the powers that be to move their families from homes built on toxic chemical dumps.
Battersby and Arquette will also co-produce the dramatic retelling of the documentary.
According to Deadline.com, Battersby is currently working with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Tamara Jones on a book about the heroines at the forefront of the Love Canal movie.
It’s not a big surprise Arquette is tackling a female empowerment story for her directorial debut – she hit headlines with her passionate acceptance speech at the 2015 Academy Awards, during which she called for wage and gender equality in America.
The Boyhood star said, “To every woman who gave birth to every taxpayer and citizen of this nation, we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights. It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”
Her speech is considered the spark that lit the flame of heightened feminism in Hollywood, leading to stars like Jessica Chastain, Emma Watson, and Jennifer Lawrence to speak out about pay disparity between male and female actors.
Battersby’s documentary The Canal is being sold for distribution and will be released in 2018.