EXCLUSIVE: Barry Levinson will direct O.K.C., an indie drama about the real circumstances behind the devastating bombing in Oklahoma City. The film will be produced and financed by Peter Safran and his Safran Co. Clay Wold is writing the script, based on a true story about his own brother, who was a young legal clerk on the defense team of Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

The clerk’s determination to expose the truth led to a bigger conspiracy and nearly destroyed the young man. Levinson is repped by ICM and Wold is repped by UTA and Kaplan/Perrone. He’ll turn in another draft next week and the film is on a fast track. Safran most recently produced Buried and just wrapped ATM with Brian Geraghty, Josh Peck and Alice Eve. Levinson most recently directed You Don’t Know Jack for HBO.