Treehouse Pictures (“Set it Up”) has acquired rights to John Grisham’s best-selling 2010 novel “The Confession”.
The story follows Donte Drumm, a young black man whose own forced confession put him on death row nine years ago for the rape and murder of a high school cheerleader, a crime he didn’t commit. He has only four days to go until his execution.
It’s then that Travis Boyette, who has just been paroled in Kansas for a different crime, walks into a priest’s office and confesses to the rape and murder from nine years earlier. Suffering from an inoperable brain tumor, Boyette has to convince lawyers, judges, and politicians that they’re about to execute an innocent man.
Treehouse Pictures President Justin Nappi says the plan is to “create an edge-of-your-seat thriller about injustice and the value of life at a time when many of the themes are so relevant.” The original book sold 40 million copies when it was first published.
The project would mark the eleventh theatrically-released feature based on a Grisham work following “The Firm,” “The Pelican Brief,” “The Client,” “A Time to Kill,” “The Chamber,” “The Rainmaker,” “The Gingerbread Man,” “Runaway Jury,” “Mickey,” and “Christmas with the Kranks”.
Source: The Wrap