Al Pacino is in negotiations to star in the Jack Kevorkian biopic “You Don’t Know Jack” says The Hollywood Reporter.
Kevorkian, also known as Dr. Death, assisted in more than 150 cases of suicide and had beaten the state court system in Michigan numerous times, but was finally convicted after he willingly sent a videotape of himself euthanizing a terminally ill man to “60 Minutes.”
He was convicted of second-degree murder in 1999 and is serving his sentence in a maximum-security prison in Michigan.
The film will trace his rise as he builds his infamous “Mercy Machine,” conducts his first assisted suicide, and starts a media frenzy with his epic legal battles defending a patient’s right to die.
Barry Levinson is set to direct the film, from a script by Adam Mazer (“Breach”), which is loosely based off Neal Nicol’s book “Between the Dying and the Dead”.