George Pelecanos and writing partner Dennis Lehane will be adapting a book by Dick Lehr titled The Fence, into a feature film of the same name.
The drama, which is based on a true story, will star Sterling K. Brown of “This Is Us” fame.
“The Fence” follows a black undercover cop named Michael Cox who works in Boston. Cox gets beaten by one of his own police coworkers after one of the largest police chases in Boston history. After his ordeal, he tries to find answers and justice, but the Boston Police Department tries to cover up the crime.
Peter Nicks is slated to direct the feature film. Nicks recently earned critical praise for his documentary “The Force”, which also dealt with themes of police brutality and police-community relations.
Pelecanos has been trying to sell the story for some time, along with Lehane. The Fox Searchlight film company recently acquired it and will be going into pre-production soon.