The Burial: Jamie Foxx to Star in and Produce Amazon Studios’ Legal Drama
Variety brings word that Oscar winner Jamie Foxx (Ray, Collateral, Just Mercy) is now attached to star in and produce Amazon Studios’ The Burial. The movie is centered on a legal battle over a funeral home chain set in the 1990s.
The Burial is based on the 1992 article written by Jonathan Harr for the New Yorker “about the contractual dispute case brought against funeral home executive Ray Loewen by Mississippi businessman Jeremiah O’Keefe, who hired the flamboyant attorney Willie Gary. The jury awarded O’Keefe a total of $500 million, an amount which would bankrupt Loewen’s company.”
Maggie Betts (Novitiate, The Carrier) will direct from the script written by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright (I Am My Own Wife, Grey Gardens, Quills).
The movie’s production companies include Amazon Studios, Bobby Shriver Inc., and Double Nickel Entertainment. Bobby Shriver, Double Nickel’s Adam Richman, Jenette Kahn, and Datari Turner will produce.
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