Work on an O.J.-trial-themed movie begins -- The film will focus on the prosecuting attorney's experience

By Cindy Pearlman
December 13, 1996 at 05:00 AM EST

With the O.J. Simpson civil trial in the news, the time is right for producer Steve Tisch to begin work on In Contempt, a movie loosely based on prosecuting attorney Christopher Darden’s book. ”I want to build a very complex character for a black actor to play,” says Tisch, who is hoping the part of the lawyer will attract a star such as Denzel Washington, Laurence Fishburne, or especially Homicide‘s Andre Braugher. ”He’s not over-exposed,” says Tisch of Braugher. ”And I think he’d be great.” But don’t expect a replay of the Trial of the Century: Tisch wants the film to be a fictional story about a black prosecutor who loses an extremely visible case and decides ”to drop out and deal with some personal issues in his own life.” Although author Darden is enjoying new visibility thanks to recent appearances in Dear God and CBS’ Touched by an Angel, he’s not interested in playing himself. Of course, that doesn’t rule out a part for Marcia Clark, right? ”Could be,” says Tisch, ”could be.”