Brian Banks, who spent five years in prison after he was falsely accused of rape and kidnapping when he was 16, will have his life story told in a movie directed by Lee Daniels, whose last picture was “The Butler.”
According to Entertainment Weekly, the film is tentatively called “The Brian Banks Story,” though it does not have a script yet.
My life and struggle has become a feature film. Amy Baer, my producer. Lee Daniels officially the Director! Whaaa!?! Gotta be dreaming.
— Brian Banks (@BrianBanksFREE) August 6, 2014
Banks was one of California’s top high school football players and planned on attending USC in 2002 when classmate Wanetta Gibson accused him of dragging her into a stairway at school and raping her. The district attorney in Long Beach, Calif., offered him a plea deal: plead guilty and spend 18 months in prison, or plead innocent and risk a sentence of 41 years to life if found guilty. After being told that he had only 10 minutes to decide — and being told by his defense attorney that he had little chance of winning the trial — he pleaded no contest to the charges and was given a six-year sentence.
After he served five years and was released, Gibson met with Banks and admitted that she made up the whole story, a confession that Banks recorded. In 2012, a Superior Court judge in Long Beach overturned his conviction.
Last year, Banks played in the preseason for the Atlanta Falcons, though the linebacker was cut before the regular season began.