Have you noticed how boring most of this year's Academy Award nominees are? While we respect a good, introspective drama as much as the next viewer, it's nice when you can say something about the human condition without having to spend 140 minutes in a suburban living room, or on the set of a 1970s television interview. But thanks to the Conley sisters, we might get a movie that's smart and entertaining.
According to this story, a movie is being produced about Lyda, Ida and Helena Conley, who in 1907 fought the cops, the mob, businessmen and corrupt politicians to protect their ancestoral burial grounds of the Wyandot Nation on land now part of Kansas City, Kansas. Not only did they fight for their heritage in the courts, they also used guns and axes and bareknuckled combat. Which sounds way better than Frost/Nixon.
Whispers Like Thunder is the project of Cuban-born filmmaker Luis Moro. Oscar winner Sir Ben Kingsley helped to produce it. They're hoping to get it out for the 2010 awards season.