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With a kickoff from Fracture, it looks like the courtroom thriller is becoming a popular genre again. 2929 Prods. will finance and produce Tragic Indifference, a film based on a landmark liability case against Ford.
Michael Douglas for Tragic Indifference
The catch with courtroom dramas is that you need to cast some big names to play the attorneys and lead characters to take the stand. 2929 is starting strong with Michael Douglas, who will play the attorney who took Ford to court on behalf of a single mother from Texas who was paralyzed and nearly died after an accident. The trial exposed the automaker's indifference to flaws in its SUVs.
What makes this film a courtroom thriller instead of a courtroom drama I cannot say.
Stephen Gerard will write the script based on Adam Penenberg's 2003 book of the same name.
The attorney's name was Tab Turner. He was contacted by Donna Baily after her Ford Explorer flipped in 2000. Turner not only won a huge settlement for Bailey, but got Ford to come to her bedside and apologize.
"This gives me the chance to play a different kind of character. I played a lawyer once, in Fatal Attraction, and there wasn't much about the law in that picture," Douglas told Daily Variety.
If I remember correctly, wasn't it the tires that were the major flaw on the explorer and not the vehicle itself?