A version of this article about Daniel Stiepleman
and “On the Basis of Sex” first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap
’s Oscar magazine.
If most screenwriters told their aunts that they wanted to make a movie about them, the response would probably be, “Why me?” But Daniel Stiepleman’s aunt happens to be one of the most celebrated women of our era, pioneering lawyer and current Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
, who’s already been the subject of a hit documentary, “Rbg
,” earlier this year.
So when Stiepleman told Ginsburg about his movie idea, her big question wasn’t why he wanted to do it, but why he wanted to center the film on the 1972 Moritz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue
case, in which she and her husband, Martin Ginsburg
, set a precedent that helped overturn sex discrimination.
“She said, ‘Why that case?'” Stiepleman said.