GET ON UP
TATE TAYLOR's (Directed by/Produced by) next
project is the anticipated
Netflix series Grace and
Frankie, starring Jane Fonda
and Lily Tomlin. Fonda and
Tomlin play longtime nemeses
whose lives are turned upside
down when their husbands
fall in love with one another.
Taylor will direct the pilot
and serve as executive
producer on the series, along
with Paula Weinstein and co-creators Marta Kauffman
and Howard J. Morris.
Taylor previously directed the critically acclaimed
box-office hit The Help, which was nominated for four
Academy Awards, including Best Motion Picture of the
Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
(Viola Davis) and Best Performance by an Actress in a
Supporting Role (Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer),
with Spencer winning for her role in the film. The film
was also honored with the Screen Actors Guild Award for
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture.
Based on Kathryn Stockett's book of the same name,
the film went on to gross more than $210 million
worldwide. The Help was filmed in Taylor's home state
of Mississippi and, during the film's production, Taylor
and Stockett established a mentoring program to nurture
writers and filmmakers.
In 2004, Taylor made his directorial debut with the
critically acclaimed short film Chicken Party, which he
wrote, directed and starred in. Chicken Party won several
film festival awards. In 2008, Taylor directed his first feature,
Pretty Ugly People, which he also wrote. As an actor, Taylor
has a long history of creating outstanding performances and
was seen in the acclaimed Winter's Bone.
In 2012, Taylor partnered with John Norris to form
the production company Wyolah Films, which has several
film and television projects in development. Get on Up is
the company's first film.
Taylor was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi,
and graduated from The University of Mississippi.
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