Sam Taylor-Johnson is in talks to helm the Apex Entertainment feature Chappaquiddick, about the 1969 Ted Kennedy scandal. She has been available after declining to come back to the sequels after directing the smash adaptation of the EL James novel Fifty Shades Of Grey.

sam taylor johnsonWritten by Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, Chappaquidick is a political thriller based on the true story of the seven most dramatic days of Sen. Kennedy’s life. On the eve of the moon landing, Kennedy is involved entangled in a tragic single-car accident that results in the death of former Robert Kennedy campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne. The senator struggles to follow his own moral compass and simultaneously protect his family’s legacy, all while simply trying to keep his own political ambitions alive.

The script was just named to the Black List. Taylor Johnson is represented by UTA and Brillstein and Sloane Offer.