Actor to star in 'Same Kind' adaptation

Samuel L. Jackson has signed on to star in “Same Kind of Different as Me,” an adaptation of a nonfiction bestseller that has been adapted by screenwriters Roderick and Bruce Taylor (“The Brave One”).

Jackson will play Denver Moore, an ex-con drifter who develops an unlikely friendship with a wealthy Dallas art dealer named Ron Hall. The book, written by Hall, Moore and Lynn Vincent, was optioned by Veralux Media in 2008. With Jackson aboard, the script is now being shopped for production financing.

Ralph Winter will produce through his 1019 Entertainment banner, with Veralux’s Mark Clayman and Jennifer Gates. Jackson will be exec producer alongside Brad Reeves, Susana Zepeda and Todd Shuster.

Jackson is currently at work in the Adam McKay-directed Columbia Pictures comedy “The Other Guys” and recently wrapped an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy play “Sunset Limited” for HBO, starring with Michael Sheen.

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