'The Help' Director Tate Taylor to Adapt 'The Jury' Miniseries into Film
Two Oscar nominated talents are joining forces for a promising new adaptation of the 2002 British miniseries The Jury from Peter Morgan (The Queen) and Pete Travis (Vantage Point). Tate Taylor, the actor turned writer, director and producer of the Best Picture nominated adaptation of The Help, and Beau Willimon, the scribe nominated for writing The Ides of March, my favorite film from 2011 which was sadly snubbed by the Oscars in the Best Picture, Best Director (George Clooney) and Best Actor (Ryan Gosling) categories, are behind the new adaptation set up at Fox 2000. Taylor will direct and Willimon will write.
When a white teen is murdered, all fingers point to his Sikh classmate, Duvinder Singh, who reportedly hated him. During his trial, 12 widely disparate jurors must set aside their differences and prejudices to judge the racially fraught case. Deadline says the miniseries, which featured a younger Gerard Butler and Mark Strong, was picked up back in 2007 for a feature film adaptation and Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) was once lined up to direct Willimon's script, but it never got off the ground. The question is what kind of cast will get assembled this time around, and whether or not the trial will stay in Britain or move to the United States. Hopefully Taylor and Willimon deliver some more Oscar worthy cinema.