Denzel Washington Might Direct “A Journal for Jordan,” Adapted by “Mudbound” Co-Writer Virgil Williams


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It didn’t take very long for Mudbound co-writer to sign onto a new project after being nominated for an Oscar for the screenplay he co-wrote with director Dee Rees.

Sony has hired Williams to adapt Dana Canedy’s 2008 novel which is being produced by and Todd Black from Escape Artists, the Tracking Board confirms.

It’s also believed that Washington might want to direct the project as a follow-up to 2016’s Fences, which received a Best Picture nomination as well as an acting nod for Washington and a nomination for the late August Wilson’s screenplay. Viola Davis won an Oscar for her performance in that film.

Canedy’s novel tells the true story of how she had a love affair with First Sgt. Charles Monroe King, who kept a journal of life lessons for their newborn son Jordan while stationed overseas. King was then killed in Iraq in 2006 while Jordan was just seven months old. A Journal for Jordan was first published by Broadway Books on Dec. 30, 2008.

Escape Artists also produced The Upside, Neil Burger’s remake of the French hit The Intouchables starring Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart, which premiered in Toronto last Sept, but then got caught up in the Weinstein scandal with its release now uncertain. Black’s company is also producing the Sony sequel The Equalizer 2, which Washington is making with director Antoine Fuqua, as well as a remake of the French film Disorder, written by Taylor Sheridan with Logan‘s James Mangold attached.

Repped by , Craig Brody and , Williams was a writer and producer on shows like ER and Criminal Minds before adapting Hillary Jordan’s Mudbound with Dee Rees.

  | East Coast Editor

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