Dry Run: Todd Haynes to Direct Legal Drama about Robert Bilott

Indie arthouse director Todd Haynes (“Far From Heaven”) is finally making a more mainstream movie.

Haynes will helm Participant Media’s Dry Run, a movie based on the New York Times Magazine article about the lawyer who took on the chemical company DuPont.

Participant and multiple Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo are producing the film from a rewrite by Mario Correa. Matthew Carnahan penned the first draft.

Ruffalo may also star in the film as the lawyer.

Based on Nathaniel Rich’s New York Times Magazine article “The Lawyer Who Became DuPont’s Worst Nightmare,” the untitled film centers around Robert Bilott, who had been practicing as a corporate defense attorney for eight years when he took on an environmental lawsuit against the chemical company DuPont. The suit turned into a battle exposing a decades-long history of chemical pollution.