Daryl Roth Productions is developing a live theater version of John Grisham’s book A Time to Kill and the New York City production company has told the Mississippi Business Journal that the play will be coming to Broadway for the first time this fall.
The original play by Tony-winning director Rupert Holmes premiered at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. in 2011 and tells the story of a young Mississippi attorney who gets caught up in a small town race war after agreeing to defend a black man in a murder trial.
The Arena Stage cast featured Erin Davie, Dion Graham, Rosie Benton, Brennan Brown, Jeffrey M. Bender, Trena Bolden Fields, Jonathan Lincoln Fried, Deborah Hazlett, Joe Isenberg, Chike Johnson, Michael Marcan, Hugh Nees, Evan Thompson and John C. Vennema.
“A Time to Kill” was Grisham’s first legal thriller and was also made into a 1996 film directed by Joel Shumacher. The movie was filmed in Mississippi and starring Matthew McConaughey, Sandra Bullock, Kevin Spacey and Samuel L. Jackson.
Watch the Schumacher film’s original trailer below.