'Tragic' Choice for Douglas


Michael Douglas is expected to produce and star in "Tragic Indifference," a courtroom thriller financed by 2929 Prods.

Stephen Gerard is updating Adam Penenberg's book. First published in 2003, "Tragic Indifference" focuses on consumer rights attorney Tab Turner, and his role in one of history's largest product liabilities case, focusing on Ford Explorers and Firestone tires. The book's centerpiece case is that of Donna Bailey, a Texas single-mother involved in an SUV flip-over.

Douglas will presumably play Turner.

According to Variety, Douglas' Furthur Films will produce with Mark Cuban and Todd Wagner's 2929.

An Oscar winner for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" and "Wall Street," Douglas has mostly shied from acting work in recent years. His 2006 turns in "The Sentinel" and "You, Me and Dupree" were his first big screen appearances since 2003. He'll next be seen in "King of California."

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