The Affleck/Middleton Project, run by John Powers Middleton and Casey Affleck, now has the rights to Earl “Chap” Smith’s memoir Death Row Chaplain. The book told how Smith went from “criminal to clergyman in San Quentin, one of the most legendary corrections facilities in the country.”

Smith founded the coached the San Quentin Pirates, a prison yard baseball team that endured conflict within the team. Smith had the task of managing the complicated life and death stakes on and off the field.

Death Row Chaplain is the second production by Affleck and Middleton.

Further reading: ‘Nashville’ writer David Gould is on board to pen the adaptation of the memoir by Earl “Chap” Smith


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