Ted Kennedy

Hollywood to Make Chappaquiddick Film With “Hero” Ted Kennedy

By on 12.15.15 | 12:13PM

Remember that time that Senator Ted Kennedy drove his car off a bridge into a frozen lake, escaped the car and swam to safety but left a young political staffer named Mary Jo Kopechne to drown in the frigid water? 

If the director of Fifty Shades of Grey has anything to do with it, you will - but you'll remember Ted Kennedy, the man who drove the car and abandoned the scene while a woman struggled for her life (he didn't even alert police until the next morning), as the hero. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sam Taylor-Johnson, who famously directed the "erotic thriller" whose sex scenes were, reportedly, slightly less titillating than watching paint dry, will helm the new project, Chappaquiddick, that will finally - finally - give old Ted the recognition he deserves for his heroic and selfless action. 

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