The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: According to Variety, Jane Anderson will helm her adaptation of The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio for Robert ZemeckisRobert Zemeckis' ImageMovers at DreamWorks.
The film is based on the memoir by Terry Ryan about being the sixth child of Evelyn Ryan, a Midwestern housewife and composer of ad jingles for products such as Dial soap and Kleenex. In the 1950s and '60s, the elder Ryan rescued her family from debt by entering contests for ad slogans sponsored by consumer productproduct companies.
Anderson's directorial debut was the HBO feature "Normal," about the impact of a sex change operation on a family. Pic bowed at Sundance in 2003.