Stephen Frears is set to direct the courtroom drama, The Burial for Screen Gems.

The film centers on the true story of Willie Gary, a black personal-injury lawyer from Mississippi who took on the case of Jeremiah O'Keefe, the owner of a local chain of funeral homes who claimed he had been swindled by a major funeral parlor conglomerate, says The Hollywood Reporter. With the cooperation of O'Keefe's lawyer, an admitted racist, he won $260 million for the plaintiff; the story is based on a New Yorker Magazine article written by Jonathan Harr.

The Burial is written by Doug Wright; a production schedule has not been set.