Environmental crusader and author Rachel Carson is the subject of a new biopic film being directed by Peter Bratt.

Considered the mother of the modern environmental movement, Carson opened eyes with her 1962 book, "Silent Spring," which argued that pesticides (particularly DDT) were harming the environment by killing animals and birds and affecting humans.

The movie will focus on the five years that Carson struggled to report and write the book — and will feature an original screenplay by Gail Brice, who had access to the author's papers archived at Yale. From The Hollywood Reporter:

"Carson, who died of breast cancer in 1964, was attacked by the chemical industry even as her book became a best-seller and she appeared at congressional hearings that paved the way for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 1980, she was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom."
“Rachel Carson’s prophetic work in many ways echoes the same message that Native people have been trying to share with the Western world for more than 500 years: ‘What we do to the Mother Earth, we do to ourselves,' " said Bratt.

The production is still early in development, but a website has been put together explaining in more detail the goals of the project and the people involved. There's also a great section on Carson and her life before and after the release of "Silent Spring". Check it out, by jumping here.

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'Silent Spring of Rachel Carson' in development
Film to focus on the five years Carson struggled to report and write her groundbreaking 1962 book "Silent Spring".