Laurence Fishburne is attached to star in So Yong Kim’s adaptation of Cassie Dandridge Selleck’s award-winning novel “The Pecan Man”, Moviehole has confirmed.
Structured as an ensemble, the confronting story fixes on a small 1970s southern US town when a homeless black man (Fishburne) is falsely charged with the fatal stabbing of the police chief.
The main two characters are a white widow and her black housekeeper.
The first chapter of Selleck’s novel was the First Place winner of the 2006 CNW/FFWA Florida State Writing Competition in the Unpublished Novel category.
Joseph Muszynski wrote the screenplay.
Here’s the summary of the book :
In the summer of 1976, recently widowed and childless, Ora Lee Beckworth hires a homeless old black man to mow her lawn. The neighborhood children call him the Pee-can Man; their mothers call them inside whenever he appears. When the police chief’s son is found stabbed to death near his camp, the man Ora knows as Eddie is arrested and charged with murder. Twenty-five years later, Ora sets out to tell the truth about the Pecan Man. In narrating her story, Ora discovers more truth about herself than she could ever have imagined.This novel has been described as To Kill a Mockingbird meets The Help.