Warner Bros. has made a low against mid-six figure deal to option the Len Williams’ novel “Justice Deferred” as a producing vehicle for Tobey Maguire’s Maguire Entertainment.
Maguire is not expected to star in the film. He will produce it with Sergio Aguero of Three Monkeys Entertainment. Elia Infascelli-Smith will exec produce with Mark Ross, who runs Maguire’s company.
Set in the swamps of southern Alabama, “Justice Deferred” is the redemptive story of Billy Ray Billings. He’s been wrongly convicted under Alabama’s three-strikes law, which gives him no chance at parole. He schools himself on the law and then escapes, changes his name and becomes a lawyer himself, bent on putting away corrupt cops like the ones who framed him into an irrevocable prison stretch. WB’s Kevin McCormick and Alicia Cotter will shepherd the project.
The novel marks the debut of Williams, best known for serving as CEO of international such companies as Coca-Cola New Zealand, Pic ‘n’ Save Corp. and Caldor. Williams now is writing his second novel.
For Maguire, the novel deal was the last made for him by the Gersh Agency before the “Spider-Man” star moved over to CAA.