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‘The Help’ Director Tate Taylor Eyes ‘The Jury’

Written by on April 24, 2012 

It was more than five months ago when we heard any news pertaining to Tate Taylor (The Help), and that merely revolved around his departure from a project. For someone who helmed a film that was a) nominated for Best Picture and b) earned one of its stars an Oscar, he’s been laying pretty low as of late.

But Deadline have come in, telling us that Taylor is now circling The Jury, a big-screen adaptation of England’s popular 2002 miniseries that starred Mark Strong and Gerard Butler. If he takes inspiration from the original series, this upcoming film will chronicle “the inner workings of the trial of a young Sikh student charged with murdering a classmate tormenter,” as well as “the lives of the jurors and what propelled them as they moved toward a verdict.”

Although Marc Forster was once set to direct a screenplay from Beau Willimon (The Ides of March), Taylor is expected to work from his own script. How will that affect the final product? Well, I’m at least hoping he can avoid the one-dimensional racial politics of The Help — even if all those Oscar nominations probably won’t have him changing his tune in the near future — and bring some of the visual skill used to evoke a southern ’50s setting.

Have you seen the original series, and do you think it could work as a film? How do you feel about Taylor taking the reigns?

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