Following in the footsteps of her father, actress/singer-turned-director Alison Eastwood is set to make her directorial debut with the film Rails and Ties. As the daughter of relatively unknown actor-turned-director Clint Eastwood, Alison will be competing with the likes of Francis Ford Coppola's daughter, Sofia Coppola, for a chance to be crowned numero uno when it comes to famous Hollywood daughters who one day decide to become directors because, well, they can and because Daddy would be proud. (Actually, seeing as I don't know either one of these gals personally, that's a very unfair statement to make. Yeah. That was mean. I should delete it. But I'm too lazy.)
Pic, which is based on Micky Levy's original screenplay (yes, that's not a typo -- I really said 'original'), tells the interconnecting story of two families and their physical, emotional and psychological collision. If that description is a bit vague, I'll have you know the opening scene depicts a woman who parks her car on railroad tracks, while awaiting the next train to smash through her vehicle. Oh, and I should also note her 9-year-old son is seated beside her. Geez, talk about a depressing way to open a film -- I'm scarred just writing about it. If you're at all wondering whether or not Papa Clint will be involved, he is ... but only as producer. Rails and Ties begins production this fall.