Lionsgate Aquires Screen Rights to Put Thurgood Marshall on Screen

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Thurgood Marshall is a legend of all legends when it comes to attorneys who fight for civil rights.  Lionsgate, the same company that pays Tyler Perry so well, has acquired the screen rights to “Devil In The Grove: Thurgood Marshall, The Groveland Boys, And The Dawn Of A New America.”

The book won a Pulitzer prize and was written by Gilbert King.  The book studies how Marshall helped to save four black men who were falsely accused of raping a white woman in 1949.   Books like this show just how far we’ve come from the days where black people were being terrorized left and right.

The screenplay is going to be written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage.   Allison Shearmur will be the producer.   Lionsgate appears ready to invest in the legacy of Marshall and telling of this very important story.

Devil In The Grove will yield a great role for a fortyish African-American actor to play the iconic Marshall, in a case fought to the Supreme Court before he made history with Brown Vs. Board of Education, which finally eliminated segregation in public schools.

The scribes are also planning a strong role of Mabel Norris Reese, a journalist who covered the case. Initially outraged by the rape charges, she wrote honest stories as the evidence made it clear the “victim” had invented the allegations.

The film has overtones of To Kill A Mockingbird, in a story emblematic of the racism present in the deep South during the time when Jim Crow labor laws made possible places like the segregated Groveland, Florida.

Empowered by cheap labor, that town became a thriving citrus empire, with a racist sheriff ruling with an iron hand. In 1949, a quartet of young black men called The Groveland Four were accused of rape by a 17-year-old girl. The Klan tore through Groveland, sending black men fleeing to the swamps as they burned homes, determined to find the four and lynch them.



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  1. Actor Jeffery Wright would be superb!

    • Jeffrey would be great in this role and the movie sounds like it's going to be good. But I'm trippin over the fact that once again it looks like we're going to have another movie about our history and the role white people play in it. This Mabel woman is white. The story couldn't be about Mr. Marshall and the 4 men. Gotta throw a white woman in a major role.

  2. I can not wait!

  3. Great story to tell and it should be. But should it be made and showed at this time. With the injustice shown against black men yet again in the state of Florida through this movie.

  4. My Brother, my Ice Cold brother.

  5. The story of Thurgood Marshall cannot be told unless it’s truly told through the eyes of “Black Men”. I state this because it’s a story from a people perspective. Question: Will his fraternity be highlighted within the episode? His fraternity is every bit of important history because it was a team OF fraternity BROTHERS WHICH WAS THE BACKBONE OF THE “Brown v.s Board of Education.” case. Charles Houston, his mentor, was also a member of Thurgood’s elite fraternity.
    The team is a clear indication of how much influence the fraternity of Alpha Phi8 Alpha Fraternity inc. had on Thurgood’s life and motivation to overcome the civil issues that had plagued African Americans in the United States.
    Although Thurgood was a “practical joker” within his fraternity, he was still highly revered but yet placed into the spotlight of the case by his mentor and frat Brother, Charles Houston. “Truth be told.” Let’s see if this is in the movie. So therefore a crest of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity inc. from his college days and even later throughout his life within the movie should have some type of emphasis because this IS and WAS Thurgood Marshall……..the Man an Alpha!

    John V. Gary
    Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

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