March 05, 2007
Tulia: The Movie

I'll make an increasingly rare trip to the theater to see this.

After appearing in a string of thrillers and superhero flicks, it looks like Halle Berry is itching to get back to where she was after winning a best actress Oscar for her role in Monster's Ball. Though it's been sitting in a vault for some time now, Lionsgate is finally ready to move forward on Tulia with Berry attached to star. Essentially a courtroom drama, Tulia is based on real-life events surrounding the arrests of 46 black men during a Texas drug bust -- a sting operation where, in the end, no money, drugs or illegal weapons were found. However, the men were convicted solely on the testimony of one crooked cop.

Berry will play the lead attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense; a group that immediately got involved and helped to ultimately free the wrongly accused. Based on the Nate Blakeslee's book Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town, Carl Franklin (Out of Time) is in talks to direct while Karen Croner penned the script.

Thanks to Grits for the heads up.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 05, 2007 to Crime and Punishment | TrackBack

WOW I live in Tulia and there have been many rumors that this is going to happen but no one believed it this is so crazy.

Posted by: Weslyn on March 15, 2007 12:06 PM

I have auditioned for this movie. It starts production on April 31st in New Orleans, LA. Its stars are Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton

Posted by: Justin Campbell on March 21, 2007 2:08 PM