Alexander Payne in Talks to Direct Amazon Legal Drama 'The Burial'

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The feature centers on personal-injury lawyer Willie Gary.

Alexander Payne is in talks to direct the true-life legal drama The Burial for Amazon Studios.

The feature follows Willie Gary, a successful personal-injury lawyer from Mississippi, as he takes on the case of Jeremiah O'Keefe, the owner of a local chain of funeral homes. O'Keefe claims he had been swindled by a major funeral parlor conglomerate. Also a motivational speaker, Gary is known for taking on David v. Goliath-type cases, winning suits against companies like Disneyland and Anheuser-Busch.

Pulitzer-winning playwright Doug Wright penned the feature, which will be produced by Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman.

Payne, who has won two Oscars for best adapted screenplay (for 2011's The Descendants and 2004's Sideways), was last behind the camera for last year's Matt Damon-starrer Downsizing. He is repped by CAA and Bloom Hergott.