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True story: Franklin set to 'Snitch'

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Director Carl Franklin is singing like a canary for "Snitch," a New Line Cinema thriller that Guy East and Nigel Sinclair will produce via their Spitfire Pictures.

Inspired by true events chronicled in a PBS "Frontline" documentary, "Snitch" centers on a devoted father whose son faces 30 years in prison after being set up in a drug deal. The father goes undercover in the drug world to make a bust that will free his son.

"Frontline" series producer David Fanning also is producing. Justin Haythe, who wrote the screenplay, will executive produce along with Franklin's producing partner Jesse Beaton.

Tobin Armbrust and Alex Brunner will oversee for Spitfire. Keith Goldberg, Sam Brown and Toby Emmerich oversee for the studio.

Franklin, best known for directing such movies as "Out of Time" and "Devil in a Blue Dress," is next slated to direct an episode of HBO's "The Pacific."

He is repped by UTA.