Paramount Pictures and Appian Way are in negotiations to acquire screen rights to Beth Macy’s novel “Truevine” which will be shaped as a potential starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio.
Set in the Jim Crow south of Virginia 1899, the book is based on the true story of two African-American brothers who were kidnapped by a white man and displayed as circus freaks. Their mother endured a 28-year struggle to get them back.
No screenwriter is attached. DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson will produce. This follows on from the “Captain Planet” film which DiCaprio is producing and was announced earlier this week. Appian Way is still developing its long in the works adaptation of “The Devil in the White City”.
DiCaprio himself is making headlines this week as he’s come under pressure to disclose if his Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has received illicit contributions from two sources that may have embezzled them from a Malaysian development fund and used it for, among other things, allegedly financing much of the budget for Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street”. More details on that are up here.