John Singleton tells Blackfilm that he will now direct the long-delayed “Tulia” for Lionsgate.
Carl Franklin is no longer attached to the project in which Halle Berry will portray the key attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in a case involving the 1999 arrests of 10% of the black population of Tulia, Texas.
The arrests did not produce drugs or money, causing prosecutors and civil rights groups to denounce the bust as racial profiling.
It’s thought scheduling conflicts have brought about this change, Franklin having been attached to Screen Gems “The Maintenance Man” a few days ago.
Shooting on “Tulia” will take place in Texas.