Amazon Studios is in early talks with Nebraska director Alexander Payne to come aboard and helm THE BURIAL. The drama is based on the legal exploits of Willie Gary, a successful personal-injury lawyer from Mississippi who takes 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. The lawyer turns the case into a David Vs. Goliath morality play.
Gary is the son of poor black migrant workers who became known as “The Giant Killer” and won a $500 million judgment for a small funeral home owner in 1995.
Doug Wright wrote the script for the project that was originally developed at Sony. Jenette Kahn and Adam Richman are producing.
Payne most recently directed Downsizing starring Matt Damon. He was last nominated for Best Director for Nebraska, and won Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for the Descendants in 2011. Payne is represented by CAA.
This was first reported by Deadline.
April Dawn | Editorial Intern