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Taylor Hackford Toasts Champagne Origin Tale

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Taylor Hackford is on board "The Widow Clicquot," a movie project about the origins of the Veuve Clicquot champagne empire.

Hackford is attached to direct and will produce with Christine Weiss Lurie and Jack Rapke of ImageMovers.

Producers have secured the rights to the 2008 historical biography by Tilar Mazzeo about Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin Clicquot, titled "The Widow Clicquot: The Story of a Champagne Empire and the Woman Who Ruled It." The screenplay is being written by Christopher Monger.

Barbe-Nicole Ponsardin, born in 1777, married François Clicquot at the age of 21 and her husband died six years later. She assumed control of her family's wine business amid the chaos of The Napoleonic Wars. The company focused entirely on champagne and thrived, developing an early champagne using a novel technique called riddling.

Hackford, who produced and directed "Ray" and "Parker," stepped down earlier this year as president of the Directors Guild of America after two two-year terms in keeping with DGA tradition.

The feature film rights deal was made by Lou Pitt at The Pitt Group on behalf of Stacey Glick at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

Hackford and Monger are repped by CAA.

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