EXCLUSIVE: Tate Taylor, who last wrote and directed the Best Picture nominee The Help, is in talks with Fox 2000 to write and direct The Jury. The film is a movie transfer of the Granada-produced 2002 British miniseries that was written by Peter Morgan and directed by Pete Travis. The mini focuses on the inner workings of the trial of a young Sikh student charged with murdering a classmate tormenter. The mini dug into the lives of the jurors and what propelled them as they moved toward a verdict. Gerard Butler and Mark Strong were part of the ensemble.
The project was acquired back in 2007 in a seven-figure deal and an attachment of Marc Forster as director and The Ides of March scribe Beau Willimon to write the script. It never got off the ground, but the subject matter certainly resonates in the current climate on a number of levels. Guymon Casady of Film 360 is producing with Forster, Brad Simpson and Quentin Curtis. Taylor is repped by CAA. Here is a clip from the original mini:
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