Two-time Oscar winner Mahershala Ali is set to both star in and executive produce the prison drama “Solitary” for Fox Searchlight and Anonymous Content.
The project will be based on Albert Woodfox’s 2019 memoir about the 43 years he spent in solitary confinement in Louisiana’s Angola Prison – the longest solitary confinement stint in U.S. history. He spent 23 hours in a 6-by-9 foot cell, with an hour a day in a fenced concrete ‘exercise yard’ but was always alone.
Woodfox and Herman Wallace were indicted in 1972 for the killing of a prison corrections officer and convicted in 1974. Activists began working in the 1990s on appeals. Wallace was released in 2013 due to his having terminal cancer and died three days after his release.
Woodfox’s conviction was overturned in 2014 and he was released in 2016. No director or screenwriter is attached as yet but Jamie Patricof (“The Place Beyond The Pines”) will produce.