EW Marland, Ponca City, and the Upcoming Movie "The Ends of the Earth"
History of the Movie
August 6, 2012: Weinstein Company to Produce Film about EW Marland, the Marland Refinery, and the Birth of the Oil Industry in North Central Oklahoma
The Tulsa World reported on August 6, 2012 that the Weinstein Company, producer of the last two Academy Award winners for best picture: "The King's Speech" and "The Artist," is attached to topline the romantic drama "Ends of the Earth," written by Chris Terrio and based on the lives of EW and Lydie Marland, in a story that follows the controversial love affair between an oil baron and his adopted daughter, which destroys the empire they built together. "Chris (Terrio) has brought to life with his writing one of the most epic love stories that people have yet to really discover," said Dylan Sellers, Weinstein Company president of production. "We knew right away that this script was something special." Jennifer Lawrence, star of "The Hunger Games," is attached to play Lydie, an educated, headstrong woman who was adopted as a girl by her aunt Virginia and uncle Ernest who later becomes their adopted daughter and eventually becomes EW's wife. According to the screenplay, Lydie urges EW to raise workers' wages at the Marland Refinery and give them unpredecented access to medical care, earning her the nickname the "princess of the prairies." Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal and Steve Tisch will produce the movie for Escape Artists, which is aiming to start production in the summer of 2013.
February 20, 2013: Oscar nominated Director David O. Russell attached to Marland Movie
The Tulsa World reported on February 20, 2013 that Oscar-nominated director David O. Russell will reunite with Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence in the movie "The Ends of the Earth" about Oilman E. W. Marland founder of the Marland Oil Campany and builder of the Marland Refinery in Ponca City, Oklahoma and his wife Lydie Marland. The Weinstein Company (which made "Silver Linings Playbook" with Lawrence and Russell) has described the film as "the epic love story, based on true events (as) powerful oil tycoon Ernest Marland loses everything after engaging in a controversial love affair with his adopted daughter Lydie." The previously announced film - likely a 2014 or 2015 release - will be written by Chris Terrio, the screenwriter of best-picture Oscar film "Argo."
- Tulsa World. "Jennifer Lawrence cast as former Oklahoma first lady Lydie Marland in new film" by Michael Smith. August 6, 2012.
- Variety. "Jennifer Lawrence travels to 'Ends of the Earth'" by Jeff Sneider and Rachel Adams. August 6, 2012.
- Tulsa World. "David O. Russell to direct Marland movie" by Michael Smith. February 20, 2013.