Jamie Foxx To Produce And Star In ‘The Burial’ For Amazon Studios With Maggie Betts Directing

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx is set to produce and star in Amazon’s The Burial with Maggie Betts on board to direct, in this two-handed drama where Foxx will star opposite a legendary role currently being casted. Pulitzer Prize-winner Doug Wright penned the screenplay.

Amazon Studios, Bobby Shriver Inc. and Double Nickel Entertainment are producing the upcoming off-kilter drama that’s based on the New Yorker article by Jonathan Harr. Producers are Bobby Shriver and Double Nickel Entertainment’s Adam Richman & Jenette Kahn.

Based on a true story, after a bankrupt funeral home owner decides to sue a rival businessman over a handshake deal gone wrong, the owner hires a flamboyant attorney to handle the case.

Foxx recently won an “Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture” at the NAACP Image Awards and received a SAG Award nomination for “Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role” for his performance in Just Mercy. He can currently be seen in Netflix’s Project Power, and will next be heard in Disney Pixar’s Soul. Foxx is producing and set to star in They Cloned Tyrone, and is also executive producing and starring in Netflix’s father-daughter comedy series Dad Stop Embarrassing Me, based on his relationship with his oldest daughter Corinne Foxx, who also produces the series. Foxx is repped by CAA, LBI Entertainment, and Ziffren Brittenham.

Betts wrote and directed Novitiate, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize and won the Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Director at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival.  Betts also received a Gotham Award nomination for the film.  She is renowned for her 2010 Tribeca Film Festival breakout documentary The Carrier, which tells the inspiring story of an HIV-positive and pregnant mother in Africa trying to protect her baby from being born with HIV/AIDS.   Betts is represented by CAA, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Sloane Offer Weber.

Wright wrote over 10 plays, most notably the Broadway success I Am My Own Wife, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the Tony Award for Best Play in 2004.  Other Broadway titles include War Paint, Grey Gardens, Hands on a Hardbody and The Little Mermaid.    He adapted his own play QUILLS for the 2000 movie, which was directed by Philip Kaufman and nominated for three Academy Awards. Wright represented by ICM Partners and Colden Law.

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