Jamie Foxx to Produce and Star in Amazon Prime Video’s “The Burial” About Unmissable Scandal Between Undertakers
Jamie Foxx will produce and star in Amazon Studios’ “The Burial,” centered on the legal battle over a chain of funeral homes during the 1990s.
“The Burial” is based on Jonathan Harr’s 1999 New Yorker article on the contract dispute case brought against funeral home executive Ray Loewen by Mississippi businessman Jeremiah O’Keefe, who hired the flamboyant attorney , Willie Gary.
The jury awarded O’Keefe a total of $ 500 million, an amount that would bankrupt Loewen’s company and you can read about the case HERE.
“Novitiate” director Maggie Betts has been hired to direct a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize winner Doug Wright. The production companies are Amazon Studios, Bobby Shriver Inc. and Double Nickel Entertainment.
Producers are Bobby Shriver, Double Nickel’s Adam Richman, and Jenette Kahn along with Datari Turner.
All-Star Team of Jamie Foxx and Amazon
Jamie Foxx won a Best Actor Oscar for “Ray” and was nominated in the Supporting Actor category for “Collateral.” He also starred in the legal drama “Just Mercy” and won the supporting actor trophy at the NAACP Image Awards earlier this year.
The actor most recently starred in Netflix’s “Project Power” and will lend his voice to Pixar’s “Soul” as the role of a passionate music teacher. He will co-star in and produce the upcoming film, “They Cloned Tyrone” and the series, “Dad Stop Embarrassing Me.”
Maggie Betts directed “Novitiate” from her own script and won the Special Jury Prize for Best Director at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. She also directed the documentary “The Carrier,” focusing on an HIV-positive mother in Africa who tries protect your baby from being born with HIV / AIDS.
Doug Wright won a Pulitzer Prize for the Broadway play “I Am My Own Wife.” Her other Broadway credits include “Gray Gardens,” “Hands on a Hardbody,” and “Quills,” which was adapted into a feature film directed by Philip Kaufman.