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The Innocent Man movie gets a director

The Innocent Man movie gets a director

David Gordon Green is in final negotiations to write and direct a screen adaptation of John Grisham’s nonfiction book “The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town” for Warner Independent Pictures and George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s production company Smoke House.

The Grisham deal solidifies Green’s move from small indie features — the critically acclaimed “George Washington,” “All the Real Girls” and “Undertow” — to working with name talent.

“David is a really gifted filmmaker,” WIP president Polly Cohen said. “We are excited to be working with him and look forward to a long relationship.”

Grisham’s “The Innocent Man,” which was published in October by Doubleday, tells the true story of Ron Williamson, a man wrongly convicted of murder who spent more than 10 years on death row in Oklahoma. WIP and Smoke House bought rights to the book in December.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


  • March 5, 2009 at 2:37 PM Cynthia Butler

    I have read “The Innocent Man” and I know the justice that does not get served by the District Attorney, William (Bill) Peterson. I was also one of Peterson’s victims and spent 13 years in prison for a murder charge also. Peterson does not care who he convicts, he just wants someone to do the time to look good to the voters, who kept him in office. I am a friend of Mark Barrett, the attorney that got Ron Williamson and Fritz out of prison. Mr. Barrett is an outstanding person and does his job very well for persons that are innocent and in prison. I praise John Grisham for his time in coming to Oklahoma and his time in writing this book. I hope to read more books that are true in the future by Mr. Grisham, as I am a great fan of all his works.

  • April 28, 2009 at 2:37 AM Patricia Ritter

    My son is currently experiencing the exact same type of false accusations and prosecution under the new DA appointed when Bill Peterson finally resigned. DA Chris Ross was cloned by Bill Peterson for 18 years and Governor Henry completely failed the people of District 22 in OKlahoma when he appointed Chris Ross to fill the 3 years left on Bill Petersons term. As soon as Peterson ‘retired’ he sued the innocent man, the one who was still alive, for money. District 22 in Oklahoma needs The Innocent Man’ movie because nothing has changed to date, April 28, 2009.

  • June 17, 2009 at 12:49 PM M

    Patricia Ritter wrote a comment about this. The only difference in this and her son is. HER SON IS GUILTY!!!!!

  • September 20, 2009 at 10:09 PM Art Fisher

    Just recently read your novel, The Innocent Man, for the second time. There was a comment near the end of the book about Mr. Williamson’s contracting acute cirrhosis which ultimately caused his death when it didn’t appear he had been drinking alcohol as much as one would figure. In the summer of 2008 while living in Highlands Ranch, CO, I was hospitalized for two months with acute liver failure caused by consuming about a fifth of vodka every day. I now live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Thing is, I was also a competitive power lifter and didn’t drink at all for about four years. I am currently 57 years old, and was bench pressing 500 lbs raw when I was 53. I had, however, gone through periods where I did drink quite a bit, and followed with periods of no drinking. The last binge lasted about a year when my yellow eyes caused my doctor to put me in the hospital where I spent the first month in the ICU with a tracheostomy, stomach tube, in and out of consciousness, periods of being comatose, and suffering extreme hallucinations. I slowly came out of it, and ended up on complete disability with hepatic encephalopathy. Thing is, cumulatively my bouts of drinking didn’t add up to what one may have thought of as a lot. However, the doctors told my wife that I would have been better off had I not binged, but drank steadily a fifth a day. It is the binging that does it.

    Love your books, and will always get your newest.

    Take care. Would love an autograph.

    Art Fisher
    13 Allandale Close
    Calgary, AB T2H 1W1

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