Kenny Leon Picking Up “Cotton”

Broadway director Kenny Leon (“Fences,” “Raisin in the Sun”) is set to direct the indie film “Cotton” reports Variety.

The story is based on the memoir “Picking Cotton” by Jennifer Thompson-Cannino who was raped in college and later identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker.

Despite protesting his innocence, Cotton was sentenced to life imprisonment but was freed eleven years later when DNA testing proved his innocence.

Thompson-Cannino and Cotton later met and began working together on the Innocence Project which works to promote understanding of the flaws in the criminal-justice system

David Friendly, Mark Clayman and Michael Menchel are producing. Todd Komarnicki (“Elf”) penned the adaptation and filming kicks off early next year.