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NEW YORK -- David Gordon Green is in final negotiations to write and direct a screen adaptation of John Grisham's nonfiction book The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town for Warner Independent Pictures and George Clooney and Grant Heslov's production company Smoke House.

In a separate development, WIP also has nabbed worldwide rights, excluding Spain, Mexico, Latin America and a few smaller territories, to Green's dark domestic drama Snow Angels, starring Kate Beckinsale and Sam Rockwell. Snow premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival.

Grisham's Innocent Man, which was published in October by Doubleday, tells the true story of Ron Williamson, a man wrongly convicted of murder who spent more than 10 years on death row in Oklahoma. WIP and Smoke House bought rights to the book in December.

The Grisham deal solidifies Green's move from small indie features -- the critically acclaimed George Washington, All the Real Girls and Undertow -- to working with name talent.

Snow is an adaptation of Stewart O'Nan's 1993 novel.


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