I’m late to this, but Deadline Hollywood has reported that Little Rock native Jeff Nichols (“Mud,” “Take Shelter”) has settled on his next project, a film he wrote and will direct titled “Loving.” Inspired by the documentary “The Loving Story,” the film is to be based on the story of the couple, Mildred and Richard Loving, who instigated the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision in Loving v. Virginia, which struck down laws prohibiting interracial marriage — a case commemorated every year on June 12, Loving Day. The film will star Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga. “I was struck by the simplicity of ‘The Loving Story,'” Nichols told Deadline, “and I hope to make this a painfully beautiful film.”
Nichols completed another film last year, a sci-fi chase epic called “Midnight Special,” starring Adam Driver, Michael Shannon and Kirsten Dunst. That film, which Nichols has called a “big, PG summer blockbuster family film,” claiming inspiration from both John Carpenter and “Tremors,” is due to open November 25.