Precious and The Butler tale is busy lining up new projects, and one he’s now got in the works, according to Variety, currently has the rather uninspired title, The Brian Banks Story.
The film will tell the true story of an Banks, an ‘All-American high school football player who, in 2002, had committed to USC’s football program before being accused of rape. Banks maintained his innocence, but a hasty plea bargain resulted in Brian serving over five years in prison, five years on parole and registering as a sex offender.
‘Through the California Innocence Project, Banks’ conviction was overturned in 2012. He played in four pre-season games for the Atlanta Falcons and is now a motivational speaker and an activist and spokesperson for the California Innocence Project.’
It’s certainly a potentially emotive and difficult subject, however Banks comments, “All I ever wanted was to prove my innocence. Telling my story in the form of a feature film is beyond my wildest dreams.”
Producer Amy Baer says, “Lee is a filmmaker who looks at challenging circumstances with honesty, compassion, and hope. He has an emotional connection to Brian’s story that I’m certain will result in a powerful and redemptive film.”