*Sony has tapped Oscar-nominated writer Virgil Williams to adapt Dana Canedy’s “A Journal for Jordan” into a film that would feature Denzel Washington as both director and star, reports Variety.
Washington is also producing the project, which tells the true story of Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist Canedy’s love affair with First Sgt. Charles Monroe King. King kept a journal full of poignant life lessons for their newborn son Jordan while deployed overseas. He began writing the diary, which grew to 200 pages, in 2005 and was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb in 2006, when Jordan was just seven months old.
“Published in 2008, “A Journal for Jordan” is both a mother’s letter to her son about the father he lost before he could even speak, and a father’s advice and prayers for the son he will never know. It also follows Canedy and King’s relationship. (View the backstory in the video above.)
Todd Black from Escape Artists is also producing along with Washington.
As previously reported, Williams and director Dee Rees received an Oscar nomination for “Mudbound” in the best adapted screenplay category. They were also nominated for a Writers Guild Award and a USC Scripter Award.
Williams also has extensive TV credits on “Criminal Minds,” “ER,” and “24.”