EXCLUSIVE: Barbara Curry, who spent nearly 10 years at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Los Angeles in the major violent crimes unit, has been hired to rewrite The Jury for Fox 2000. The project has left the hands of Tate Taylor (The Help) and is now with a writer who is well-versed in crime and the behind-the-scenes machinations that accompany trials.
The film, inspired by real events, is a fresh take on the Granada-produced miniseries in 2002 which followed the inner workings of a jury deliberating over the course of a murder trial involving a Sikh student and his tormentor. The British miniseries was originally scripted by Peter Morgan and directed by Pete Travis. Guymon Casady of Film 360 is producing the new project with Marc Forster, Brad Simpson and Quentin Curtis. The property was originally acquired in 2007 as a possible vehicle for Forster to direct.
Curry, who was prosecutor on murder-for-hire schemes, racketeering, arson, kidnapping, bank robbery, money laundering, conspiracy and fraud, segued from the U.S. Attorney’s office in 2002 to screenwriting. She recently finished a rewrite on The Perfect Guy for Screen Gems and scripted The Boy Next Door which is being produced by Jason Blum, John Jacobs, Elaine Goldsmith Thomas, Jennifer Lopez and Benny Medina with Rob Cohen directing for Universal. Lopez is starring in the thriller with Kristin Chenoweth and John Corbett, and the studio is releasing it in January 2015.
Curry also taught at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., and at the FBI Headquarters in Quantico, VA. She is repped by APA, Smart Entertainment, and Ryan Nord at Hirsch Wallerstein Hayum Matlof + Fishman. Handling at Fox 2000 are Rodney Ferrell and Nick D’Angelo.