After a brief fling with steamy Chinese art-core, director Ang Lee is heading back to the comfortable terrain of the Gays, the lauded director having already explored that topic's various themes in such previous Queer Cinema classics as Brokeback Mountain (doomed lovers on the Wyoming plain), The Wedding Banquet (a comedic take on Chinese family and tradition), and Hulk (roid-raging muscle queen never quite fits in). THR now reports that Lee will turn to the unlikely setting of the original Woodstock Music and Art Fair for his next emotionally frigid, magic rainbow carpet ride:
"Taking Woodstock" centers on the colorful life of a Greenwich Village-based interior designer and part-time Catskills hotel manager who headed the Bethel, N.Y., Chamber of Commerce.
He issued the permit for the legendary 1969 concert on his neighbor Max Yasgur's farm. [...]
The project is set up at Focus Features, and will be adapted by the studio's CEO, James Schamus.
Coming on the heels of Gus Van Sant's slavish recreation of the Castro of the late-1970s in Milk, Lee's own tribute to the Greenwich Village of a decade prior suggests we are currently in the midst of a Golden Age of the Period Gay. It will all but be confirmed once Bryan Singer announces his next project: Corn Holers of 1933, an all-male musical review hearkening back to the fabulous, Busby Berkeley musicals of the Great Depression.