Oscar winner Mahershala Ali has signed on to star in and executive produce a feature adaptation of A.J. Wolfe’s upcoming true crime thriller Burn, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
Anonymous Content acquired the book, which will be adapted for the big screen by Fredrick Kotto, a former detective turned screenwriter. Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens will produce the film, which will also be executive produced by Kotto and Artillery Creative’s Tom Carter.
Burn is described as a contemporary crime thriller about a Northern California detective who brought a cartel to its knees while working undercover, all while keeping that part of his life from his family. The manuscript doesn’t have a publisher yet, but Paradigm is shopping the rights, and Ali’s attachment should help goose that sale.
Of course, we’ll first get to see Ali as a cop in the third season of HBO’s True Detective, so Burn will have to wait its turn. The Moonlight star will soon be seen in Alita: Battle Angel and the Sundance hit Roxanne Roxanne. He’s represented by WME and Anonymous Content, while Wolfe and Kotto are repped by Paradigm and Artillery Creative.
The news was first reported by Deadline.
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