Thursday, May 23, 2024

Josh Brolin Wanted for Erin Brokovich-Type Movie about Ford Trucks and Firestone


EXCLUSIVE: The landmark settlement of cases from the Ford-Firestone lawsuits of 2000 is coming to the big screen at last. Originally Michael Douglas had optioned Adam Penneberg’s book, “Tragic Indifference,” with the idea that he’d play maverick attorney Tab Turner. But time has passed, Douglas is older and busy with other projects. The film was originally at Warner Bros., but is now in turnaround. 2929 Productions and Douglas’s company, I am told, are going forward now that they have a great script. They’re hoping Josh Brolin will play Turner, the lawyer who would not stop until he got justice for the victims of the rollover cases–Firestone tires were blowing out and making Ford Explorers rollover. There were several famous victims including Donna Bailey, who is now 51 and completely paralyzed. All the players are hoping to get the film made this year as Bailey’s health is always precarious. The role is Oscar bait for 40 year old actresses–and names mentioned already are Cate Blanchett, Laura Linney, and Nicole Kidman. Douglas is also said to be very keen to get “Tragic Indifference”– currently known as “Bloody Highways”- into production. The movie is a thrilling possibility, along the lines of “Erin Brockovich,” “Michael Clayton,” and “Silkwood.” So far Jonathan Demme’s name has been at the top of the list for potential directors. Meantime, Turner — who hails from Little Rock and lives in San Diego — has been spending his time in Brooklyn Supreme Court negotiating a settlement with the Arab Bank for American Jews killed in explosions in Israel. The CBS documentary unit has been following him around. It’ a great “60 Minutes” piece.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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