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Michael B. Jordan and Short Term 12 director Daniel Cretton are teaming up to adapt Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption.
Broad Green Pictures picked up the legal race project, which will be produced by Gil Netter, the producer behind Life of Pi and The Blind Side.
The project is an adaptation of Bryan Stevenson’s memoir.
Stevenson is the venerated founder of the Equal Justice Initiative who fights on behalf of poor, visible minorities and death row prisoners trapped in the justice system. Just Mercy was a memoir that told of Stevenson’s first case, that of Walter McMillian, a young black man sentenced to death for a crime he didn’t commit. Despite being at a barbecue surrounded by dozens of witnesses at the time of the murder, McMillian was convicted in a trial that lasted a day and a half and spent six years on death row. Stevenson’s taking on the case eventually led to the discovery that the prosecution suppressed evidence and McMillian’s exoneration.
The book was published in October 2014 and became a New York Times best-seller. It drew critical raves, with reviewers likening it to To Kill a Mockingbird.
Cretton and Andrew Lanham (The Glass Castle) are writing the script.
Netter is no stranger to inspirational true-story adaptations, having scored a box-office hit with The Blind Side, based on Michael Lewis‘ best-seller. Netter is also a producer on Glass Castle.
Jordan, who most recently starred opposite Zac Efron and Miles Teller in That Awkward Moment, is gearing up for a high-profile year. He stars as Johnny Storm/The Human Torch in Fantastic Four, which opens on Aug. 7. He also reteams with his Fruitvale Station helmer Ryan Coogler for the Rocky spinoff Creed, which bows on Nov. 25.
He is repped by WME, MGMT Entertainment and Bloom Hergott.
Cretton is handled by WME and Stone Meyer.
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