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Carl Franklin directs The Emperor of Ocean Park?

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This just in from AICN, regarding Stephen Carter, Christianity Today columnist-turned-novelist:

Carl Franklin is in talks to direct Warner Bros. Pictures' legal thriller EMPEROR OF OCEAN PARK, based on Stephen Carter's novel about a black law professor who gets caught up in a deadly game while investigating the mysterious death of his father, a legendary conservative judge. John Wells Prods. and Gaylord Films are producing. Stephen Schiff (TRUE CRIME) adapted.

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It's a fine book. I recommend it highly.

Maybe Carl can pull it the film adaptation, but I'm skeptical. The strength of that novel is its description of the black middle class, and the liberal/conservative dynamic among the characters. Much of that is conveyed through the characters' thoughts instead of their words -- difficult to pull off in a film.

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