Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban's 2929 Prods. is stepping up its game, signing Michael Douglas to star in the courtroom thriller Tragic Indifference. Pic is based on the real-life story of Donna Baily, a single mother who was paralyzed back in 2000 following a car accident in which her Ford Explorer flipped over. Douglas will play Tab Turner, the attorney who helped force her liability case into court (instead of going the "keep quiet and take the money" route) where he scored her a huge settlement, as well as managed to get some of Ford's top guns to show up to the hospital to apologize for the faults in their vehicle. Now there's something you don't see every day.
Stephen Gerard will pen the script; he'll work off Adam Penenberg's 2003 book of the same name. I'm actually looking forward to seeing Douglas' new film, King of California, after his previous three (You, Me and Dupree, The Sentinel, The In-Laws) left me feeling -- how shall I say it -- indifferent, I suppose. Speaking about the role, Douglas said, "This gives me the chance to play a different kind of character. I played a lawyer once, in Fatal Attraction, and there wasn't much about the law in that picture." He does have a point; though I wonder if Tragic Indifference will include any scenes in which Douglas and the not-yet-cast single mother engage in risque activity in the backseat of a Ford truck. I mean, this isn't the greatest film in the world for Ford -- the least you can do is show some of the benefits of owning their product. Then again, that would be so wrong on so many different levels; I don't even want to go there.