'Taking Woodstock' is Going into Production

by Joey Paur

Venkman here with some information about a movie that Focus Features is putting into development called 'Taking Woodstock'. The movie is being written by James Schamus and is being directed by Ang Lee. Its also shaping up to have a pretty good cast that includes Emile Hirsch, Imelda Staunton, Eugene Levy, and Liev Schreiber. The movie is an adaptation of the memoir of Elliot Tiber, who played a role in helping the historic 1969 music fest unfold on his neighbor's farm. Variety Reports:

Demetri Martin ("The Daily Show With Jon Stewart") had already been set to play Tiber, an aspiring interior designer in Greenwich Village obliged to run the family business, a Catskills motel. In summer 1969, he found himself at the center of a generation-defining experience when he volunteered the motel to be the home base for Woodstock concert organizers after his neighbor, Max Yasgur, made his farm available for the event.

Staunton and Henry Goodman will play Tiber's parents, and Jonathan Groff (currently starring in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Hair" in Gotham) will play Woodstock organizer Michael Lang; Hirsch will play a recently returned Vietnam vet, Eugene Levy will play Yasgur, and Schreiber is in talks to play a transvestite named Vilma.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan is set as a closeted married man having an affair with Tiber, while Paul Dano and Zoe Kazan play a hippie couple attending the concert. Dan Fogler will play a local theater troupe head, and Mamie Gummer will play Lang's assistant.

Its seems there is a lot going on here. I never lived the Woodstock. I haven't seen a good or decent movie about it. The most I know comes from what I have read, and the documentaries I have seen on the history channel. It would have been great to be there but I guess i will have to settle for the movie.


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