Universal Pictures has acquired the film rights to Mark A. Bradley’s upcoming novel “Blood Runs Coal” with the film set to serve as a starring and producing vehicle for “Oppenheimer” Oscar winner Cillian Murphy.

The epic story unfolds in the the late 1960s in the coal mines of Pennsylvania and deals with one of the most infamous crimes in labor union history.

Murphy would play Chip Yablonski, a labor attorney who made it his life’s mission to get justice for his father Jock Yablonski. Jock, a second-generation coal miner, ran afoul of corrupt union president Tony Boyle regarding safety conditions on the job.

Boyle, so incensed by being challenged, is said to have ordered the murder of his opponent with Jock and others in his family killed as they gathered for New Year’s.

Chip, who left the house a day early, pursued Boyle in the courts and ultimately the union boss was indicted on three counts of murder and imprisoned where he died a decade later.

“Edge of Tomorrow” writers Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth will pen the script which Murphy, Alan Moloney, John Davis and Jordan Davis will produce.

Murphy is expected to film Danny Boyle’s “28 Years Later,” Steven Knight’s “Peaky Blinders” film and other projects in the coming months.

Source: Deadline

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