Producer Will Packer (“Stomp the Yard”) has picked up the rights to ex-prisoner Kemba Smith’s life story for his Rainforest Films company says The Hollywood Reporter.
Smith had no criminal record or problems before attending Hampton University, where she met a man who ended up being the leader of a $4 million crack cocaine ring and one of the FBI’s 15 most wanted.
Although the government acknowledged that Smith never sold drugs or took them, she was charged with conspiracy to distribute crack and was sentenced to 24 years in prison. Prsident Bill Clinton pardoned her before he left office in 2000.
A writer is currently being sought with production slated to begin on the untitled drama in 2009.