British director Stephen Frears is sticking with the true-life stories. With The Queen in the past, his attention has now turned to the uplifting topic of death and lawyers. Frears is in talks with Screen Gems to direct a courtroom drama called The Burial, a project that was originally housed at Warner Brothers. With a screenplay written by Quills and Bunny Lake scribe Doug Wright, the film is based on a New Yorker Magazine article by Jonathan Harr.

A real-life story that mimics the first few seasons of Six Feet Under, the film will center on Willie Gary, a prominent black attorney who took on the case of Jeremiah O'Keefe, the owner of a small chain of funeral homes who was fighting a big funeral conglomerate trying to put him out of business. O'Keefe won, and he got millions. The twist, which I'm sure will come into play in the film, is that Gary is the son of a former sharecropper, with ancestry who were slaves, while O'Keefe is the son of former slave owners. This is the story just itching to be a movie. Race, drama, the underdog... I can see movie execs salivating at the thought.

There is also a campy, sensationalized end to the story. It seems that while Gary has had immense success as a lawyer, he's got some strife on the family front, just like any true Hollywood story. It seems that his paltry $28,000 monthly child support payments were going towards his ex-wife's tummy tucks, vacations and other niceties. A judge lessened the amount to $5,000, which his ex-wife is appealing. I wonder what the kid's allowance is...
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