Returning to the Oscar-winning territory he covered in “In the Heat of the Night,” Norman Jewison will produce and direct an untitled project about racism in the South for Phoenix Pictures, the company confirmed Monday.
Jewison will explore a true event a few years back, in which a young black man killed a young white man for displaying a Confederate flag.
Jewison, whose “In the Heat of the Night” explored 1960s race relations in a small Southern town, was intrigued by the drama of the true story and saw it as a catalyst to examine the ongoing issue.
“It’s an attempt to re-examine something he’s looked at in the past with an eye toward the future,” said Gayle Fraser-Baigelman, who will also produce under Jewison’s Yorktown Prods. banner.
Yorktown and Phoenix would like to get the project before cameras sometime next year, but no dates are set.
Robby Henson, a documentary filmmaker who also wrote and directed the indie feature “In Pharaoh’s Army,” is scripting.
Jewison was nominated for a best director Oscar for “In the Heat of the Night,” which won the best picture award in 1967. He also addressed racial themes in “A Soldier’s Story” in 1984.
His most recent credits include “Only You,” “Other People’s Money,” “Moonstruck” and “Bogus.”
Jim Wiatt of ICM repped Jewison in the deal.