Plot thickens for Frears with 'Burial' drama


Helmer Stephen Frears is in talks to follow up "The Queen" with Screen Gems' courtroom drama "The Burial" (HR 3/16).

Penned by Doug Wright, the film centers on the true story of Willie Gary, a black personal-injury lawyer from Mississippi who took on the case of Jeremiah O'Keefe, the owner of a local chain of funeral homes who claimed he had been swindled by a major funeral parlor conglomerate. Gary eventually helped O'Keefe win $260 million. The story is based on a New Yorker magazine article written by Jonathan Harr.