David Gordon Green is in final talks to write and direct a screen adaptation of John Grisham’s nonfiction book “The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town” for Warner Independent Pictures and George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s production company Smoke House.
In a separate development, WIP also has nabbed worldwide rights, excluding Spain, Mexico, Latin America and a few smaller territories, to Green’s dark domestic drama Snow Angels, starring Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell.
Grisham’s “Innocent Man,” which was published in October by Doubleday, tells the true story of Ron Williamson, a man wrongly convicted of murder who spent more than 10 years on death row in Oklahoma. WIP and Smoke House bought rights to the book in December.
“Snow” is an adaptation of Stewart O’Nan’s 1993 novel. Beckinsale and Rockwell play Annie and Glenn, a separated couple in a small town whose lives take a turn for the worse after Annie begins an affair with the husband (Nicky Katt) of her best friend (Amy Sedaris).
WIP plans to release “Snow,” produced for less than $5 million, next year.