Jose Padilha (“Narcos,” “Elite Squad”) is set to direct a film adaptation of National Book Award winner and historian Kevin Boyle’s 2004 non-fiction work “Arc of Justice” for The Mark Gordon Company.
The true story tale deals with a racial incident in 1925 Detroit that put African American doctor Ossian Sweet on the stand for murder.
His defense was funded by the nascent NAACP and was led by legendary lawyer Clarence Darrow. Max Borenstein (“Kong: Skull Island”) and Rodney Barnes (“Marvel’s The Runaways”) will pen the adaptation.
Gordon, Borenstein, Hawk Koch and Matt Jackson will produce. No production start date has yet been announced.