HUMANITAS Board of Directors' Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick to Collaborate on New Film

Sony Pictures has come aboard to develop a feature about Doreen Giuliano, the Brooklyn-based mother who has spent over 10 years trying to get overturned the shaky murder conviction of her son in 2003. Bedford Falls’ partners Ed Zwick and Marshall Herkovitz have boarded the project, with Herskovitz writing and Zwick directing. They join Conde Nast Entertainment’s Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler as producers.

Giuliano is the mother of John Giuca, who in 2003 was convicted of the murder of Mark Fisher in Red Hook. Convinced her son was innocent, Giuliano has gone beyond the tireless advocate that many parents might become when their children are incarcerated. She went undercover to expose biased jurors, wore a wire to record lying informants, even organized mass protests against the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, which had become notorious for a string of overturned convictions due to prosecutorial misconduct.

“How many men are in prison in the U.S., and most of them have a mother who thinks her son is innocent,” Herkovitz told Deadline. “This mother has done more than probably any mother has done to try and prove her son’s innocence. She’s moved heaven and earth, gone undercover twice, and led marches to put the district attorney out of office. It’s a Tom Joad story. Her marriage ended because her life is devoted to getting her son free. I believe that if she thought her son was guilty, she would not have done all this.”

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