‘American Fiction’s Cord Jefferson & John Wells Board ‘Just Cause’

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American Fiction filmmaker Cord Jefferson and author John Wells have signed on to Just Cause, Amazon’s upcoming thriller restricted sequence, starring and government produced by Scarlett Johansson, Deadline has confirmed.

Jefferson and Wells will co-write the primary episode and government produce the sequence. John Wells Productions has joined as producer of the sequence.

Based on John Katzenbach’s 1992 novel, Just Cause hails from author Christy Hall (I’m Not OK With This, Daddio), Johansson’s These Pictures banner and Warner Bros. TV.  In a really aggressive state of affairs, the venture landed at Amazon Studios with a straight-to-series order for Prime Video.

In the TV adaptation, the e-book’s male protagonist, Miami newspaper editorial author Matt Cowart, is present process a gender swap, with Johansson taking part in the sequence’ feminine lead Madison “Madi” Cowart, a struggling reporter for a Florida newspaper despatched to cowl the ultimate days of an inmate on loss of life row.

Hall government produces the restricted sequence alongside Johansson, Jefferson, Wells, Jonathan Lia and Keenan Flynn of These Pictures and Erin Jontow through John Wells Productions. Zara Duffy, Head of Television for These Pictures, is overseeing for the corporate. Warner Bros. TV is the studio.

In his directorial movie debut, Jefferson helmed American Fiction, primarily based on Percival Everett’s e-book Erasure. The movie obtained 5 Oscar nominations, together with greatest image, actor for Jeffrey Wright, supporting actor for Sterling Okay. Brown, tailored screenplay for Jefferson and unique rating for Laura Karpman. 

Jefferson, who’s beneath an general take care of Warner Bros. Television Group, gained an Emmy for excellent writing for a restricted sequence for his work on HBO’s Watchmen. His further TV credit embody Succession, The Good Place and Master of None.

Wells, additionally beneath an general take care of Warner Bros. TV, has been nominated for 26 Primetime Emmy Awards, successful six, together with excellent drama sequence for ER and The West Wing. He additionally gained an Emmy for excellent particular class program for The West Wing Documentary Special.

Variety was first to report the information.

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