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Francis Didelot’s ‘The Seventh Juror’ Heading for Big Screen (EXCLUSIVE)

Hitchcock adapted story in 1963 TV episode

Flashlight Films and BermanBraun are heading to the court room, developing a feature film version of Francis Didelot’s thriller novel “The Seventh Juror.”

The deal comes half a century after Alfred Hitchcock adapted the story for a 1963 episode of “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” with Dean Jagger starring.

Producers have hired the writing team of Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph to adapt the story of a man assigned jury duty on the trial for a murder he committed.

Allyn Stewart and Kipp Nelson are producing on behalf of Flashlight Films, along with Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun on behalf of BermanBraun. BermanBraun’s Andrew Mittman is exec producing.

Flashlight Films is financing development. Rothman and Joseph’s most recent project “Draft Day” recently wrapped for Lionsgate with Ivan Reitman directing and Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner and Denis Leary starring.

Flashlight’s development slate includes Stephen Gaghan’s “The Candy Store,” Ed Zwick’s “Trial by Fire,” (which is based on David Grann’s New Yorker article), the story of pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, and the story of Olympic oarsman Jack Kelly.

BermanBraun’s feature development includes the comedy “Rentaghost,” starring Ben Stiller at Fox, and a movie version of the book “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus” starring Reese Witherspoon at Lionsgate.

Joseph is represented by Gersh. Rothman is represented by CAA, and both are managed by Kaplan/Perrone Entertainment and represented by Andrew Hurwitz at Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC.

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