Virgil Williams to Adapt ‘A Journal for Jordan’ for Sony, Denzel Washington Set to Direct

Academy Award nominee Virgil Williams has signed on for his next project: adapting the memoir, “A Journal for Jordan.

Deadline reports that the project Sony Pictures will produce via Escape Artist.

Published in 2008, “A Journal for Jordan” was written by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dana Canedy. The book tells the story of her relationship with First Sgt. Charles Monroe King, who was killed in Iraq in 2006 when their son, Jordan, was seven months old. The publisher’s synopsis reads:

In 2005, First Sergeant Charles Monroe King began to write what would become a two-hundred-page journal for his son in case he did not make it home from the war in Iraq. He was killed by a roadside bomb on October 14, 2006. His son, Jordan, was seven months old. “A Journal for Jordan” is a mother’s letter to her son about the father he lost before he could even speak–including a fiercely honest account of her search for answers about Charles’s death. It is also a father’s advice and prayers for the son he will never know. Finally, this is the story of Dana and Charles together–two seemingly mismatched souls who loved each other deeply and lost each other too soon.

The Playlist confirms that Academy Award winner Denzel Washington will direct.

Just last week, Williams earned an Academy Award nomination for the adapted screenplay he co-wrote with director Dee Rees. “Mudbound” was his first feature film, following work on television series “24,” “ER,” and “Criminal Minds.” The film premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and went on to collect four Academy Award nominations overall.

Todd Black from Escape Artists Productions will produce “A Journal for Jordan.” He and Washington are currently in production on “The Equalizer 2,” which is due out this summer.

“A Journal for Jordan” is still very early in development, so there is no word yet on possible casting or a release date.

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