Jamie Foxx has signed on to topline “The Zebra Murders: A Season of Killing, Racial Madness, and Civil Rights” for DreamWorks. Plan B and Foxx-King Entertainment are producing.
Based on the 2006 book by Prentice Earl Sanders and Bennett Cohen, the story chronicles the series of racially motivated serial killings — black on white — that took place in San Francisco in 1973 and 1974. Jamie Foxx will play Sanders, who was one of two black police detectives who led the team that cracked the case. Amid their investigation, Sanders and his partner fought harassment within the police department and organized a union of minority policemen who brought a lawsuit against the city for discrimination, which they ultimately won. Sanders went on to become chief of police.
Matt Carnahan (“The Kingdom”) is adapting for the bigscreen.
Plan B’s Brad Pitt and Dede Gardner will produce alongside Foxx and Jaime Rucker King. Jeremy Kleiner, Marcus King and Shelby Stone will exec produce. DreamWorks prexy of production Adam Goodman called “Murders” a “compelling and impactful project” and noted that it marks the studio’s fourth project with Foxx.
Foxx appeared in last year’s ensemble musical “Dreamgirls” and opposite Tom Cruise in the 2004 thriller “Collateral” — both for DreamWorks. Thesp is also set to star in DreamWorks’ “The Soloist,” which begins shooting in January.
“Zebra Murders” will be distributed worldwide by DreamWorks/Paramount.
Carnahan’s credits include the upcoming war-themed drama “Lions for Lambs.” He has two screenplays in preproduction: “State of Play” at Universal Pictures and “White Jazz” at Warner Independent. OK for web: Foxx is repped by CAA. Carnahan is handled by Endeavor.