Sony Pictures has announced that Mudbound co-writer Virgil Williams will be adapting Dana Canedy’s 2008 memoir A Journal for Jordan, with Denzel Washington and Todd Black attached as producers. Washington is also rumored to direct the film, but nothing has been confirmed by Sony yet.
A Journal for Jordan is based on the true story of Canedy—who is a Pulitzer-winning journalist—and her affair with Sgt. Charles Monroe King. King kept a journal of important life lessons for their infant son while he was deployed overseas, and was later killed in Iraq in 2006. He started writing the journal a year prior to his death, and it grew to about 200 pages.
The novel was published in 2008, and it includes Canedy’s letters to her son with information about his father, and King’s journal entries with life advice and prayers, as well as details on Canedy and King’s relationship.
Virgil Williams recently received an Academy Award nomination for best adapted screenplay for Mudbound. The film also received nominations for a Writer’s Guild Award and USC Scripter Award. Williams credits include extensive television work on Criminal Minds, ER and 24.
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