Seth Gordon who is known for his films like Baywatch and Horrible Bosses is all set to bring a new Hollywood film on the screens. His upcoming venture will be a legal drama based on racial injustice, titled as Tulia. The film will be based on an incredible book named ‘Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town’.
The film is a racially charged courtroom drama based on a true story of corruption and conspiracy that unfolded in the Small West Texas town of Tulia. It will be produced by Mubina Rattonsey’s Zero Gravity Motion Pictures. Mubina purchased the book’s film rights from author Nate Blakeslee, and also optioned the life rights to the story and event’s central figure, Vanita Gupta.
The film is based on the infamous 1999 case where 39 people - almost all of them black - were arrested and charged with dealing powdered cocaine. The story centers on the larger issue of racial injustice, poverty, desperation and the American war against drugs.
Mubina Rattonsey while speaking about this project and roping in Gordon as the director said, “Seth is a dynamic storyteller to say the least, and I'm extremely proud to have him direct this movie. Vanita Gupta is the daughter of an immigrant and a very inspiring and strong woman. ‘Tulia’ is her story, and for me, it represents what America stands for - the coming together of minds and hearts for justice. Vanita turned the case around, she won it... I was simply fascinated by her will to do the impossible.”
About working on this project, Seth Gordon commented, “Mubina has found an extraordinary true story that is very relevant in today’s political climate. I’m excited to bring this important and poignant story to a wider audience, to call attention to what happened in Tulia, and to showcase the incredible and heroic work Vanita Gupta did for its citizens.”