Tulia

Status:  Delayed
Release Date: TBA
Genre:  Drama
Rating: Not Available
Studio: Lionsgate/Lift Films
Director: John Singleton
Cast: Halle Berry (Vanita Gupta), Billy Bob Thornton
Story:  Pic centers on a lawyer’s efforts to expose a rash of drug convictions in rural Tulia, Texas, in 1999.  Adaptation of Nate Blakeslee’s book Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town, in which 10% of the black population of Tulia was incarcerated. The arrests did not produce drugs or money, causing attorneys and civil-rights groups to denounce the bust as racial profiling. The undercover agent who conducted the bust was indicted on perjury charges; most of the 46 arrestees were eventually pardoned by Texas Governor Rick Perry.

Details:  According to Indiewire Shadow and Act, as of March 20, 2013, neither Berry nor Singleton is attached to this project anymore. (Source(s): Variety; Indiewire Shadow and Act).

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