Spitfire snatches ‘Snitch’

Drama inspired by PBS doc

Spitfire Pictures partners Guy East and Nigel Sinclair have set Justin Haythe (“The Clearing”) to write “Snitch,” a drama inspired by a PBS “Frontline” documentary.

“Frontline’s” David Fanning and Haythe will exec produce the crime drama about how a shift in U.S. drug laws toward federal mandatory sentencing minimums compels the guilty to snitch on others. In many cases, that means rewarding the guilty and punishing the not-so-guilty.

Haythe, currently writing “Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea” for Fox 2000 and adapting “Revolutionary Road” for the BBC, will dip into the docu for the fact-based story of a man whose son makes a foolish mistake and stands to pay with a long prison stretch. The parents are coerced by prosecutors to buy their son’s freedom by delivering up a dealer.

Spitfire execs Alex Brunner and Ben Holden will supervise the pic.

Sinclair said the pic would address wide-ranging questions such as “How far would we go to get our son out of a jam? At what point is it evil for society to take advantage of our vulnerability?”

East and Sinclair have set a July airdate for a Martin Scorsese-directed anthology of Bob Dylan’s life up to 1996. They are producing the project with the BBC, Dylan’s company and WNET/Thirteen’s “American Masters.”

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