Stephen Frears in Talks for Burial


Screen Gems is in early talks with The Queen director Stephen Frears to helm The Burial, which it acquired out of turnaround from Warner Bros.

Doug Wright has already written a screenplay based on a lengthy New Yorker profile penned by Jonathan Harr (A Civil Action).

The story concerns Willie Gary, who was one of 11 children in a family of migrant workers. He became a multimillionaire attorney, fighting for the working man against huge corporations.

The film will focus on a $500 million settlement he won for the owner of a small chain of funeral homes in Mississippi who sued a Canada-based conglomerate that dominates the industry.