By: Sid Perriwinkle
I’m hearing that Flashlight Films’ adaption of David Grann’s 2009 New Yorker article, TRIAL BY FIRE, has nabbed a writer and director. “The Last Samurai” helmer Edward Zwick will direct and “Violet & Daisy” scribe Geoffrey Fletcher will pen the script.
The story choronicles the real life trial of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was accused of murdering his children and was found guilty. After Willingham was put to death, controversy arose as to whether the state of Texas executed an innocent man. Allyn Stewart is producing for Flashlight Films. In addition to helming, Zwick will also produce for the Bedford Falls Company. Kipp Nelson and Marshall Herskovitz are executive producing for Flashlight and Bedford Falls respectively.
Fletcher most recently helmed, produced and wrote the script for the action-dramedy “Violet & Daisy.” Back in 2009 he also adapted Sapphire’s novel “Push” into Lee Daniels’ “Precious.” Next year we’ll see his writing talents on the silver screen again with Doug Liman’s “Attica”, which chronicles the 1971 Attica state prison uprising. Fletcher is repped by CAA.
Zwick is best known for his writing and directing work on “Defiance”, “The Last Samurai” and “Love & Other Drugs.” Back in 1998 he also served in those roles on “The Siege” which starred Annette Bening and Denzel Washington. In the TV realm he created ABC’s “thirtysomething” alongside Marshall Herskovitz, executive produced the first season of “My So-Called Life” and reteamed with Herskovitz in 1999 to create “Once and Again.” Zwick is also repped by CAA.