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“Defending Jacob’ Being Brought to the Screen

Apple plans eight-episode series of bestseller by William Landay ’90


In a Facebook post on Thursday, William Landay ’90 passed on the news that his bestselling 2012 novel Defending Jacob is coming to a screen near you. The Newton author’s thriller about a lawyer whose teenage son is accused of killing a classmate, will become an eight-episode Apple series starring Chris Evans (Captain America and Avengers).

Filming will begin in March. According to Deadline, other A-listers involved are Mark Bomback (Planet of the Apes trilogy), who will write the series, and Oscar-nominated director Morten Tyldum (The Imitation Game), who will executive produce and direct.

“I’ve seen the first few scripts and they’re fantastic,” Landay said in his post.

Photograph: William Landay giving a talk about his novel at Boston College Law School.