The Hollywood Reporter Trade Magazine - August 8, 1995

Foote trilogy goes to TPEG

An original dramatic trilogy by Pulitzer and Academy Award winner Horton Foote is being produced for television by the Producers Entertainment Group.

The series of two-hour films begins with "Roots in a Parched Ground,'' about a 12-year-old facing his first family tragedy, TPEG president and CEO Irwin Meyer said Monday.

The second and third parts, "Lily Dale'' and "The Widow Claire,'' deal with the young man's relationships with his sister and a widow.

Foote, whose work includes the Pulitzer-winning "The Young Man From Atlanta'' and the Oscar-winning "To Kill a Mockingbird,'' said in a release that TPEG had "such wonderful ideas about the screenplay and the casting that I really didn't have to be swayed.''

According to the statement, discussions are under way with Peter Masterson to direct "Lily Dale'' and Mary Stuart Masterson to star. Peter Masterson directed the Foote-penned "The Trip to Bountiful'' in 1985.

The trilogy will be lensed in Texas. A spokesman said the trilogy has no outlet deal, but network syndication and cable are under consideration.