Margulies began work on the project in 2000. At that time, the teleplay was scheduled to run on NBC as a four-hour mini-series in 2001. Margulies is the author of such stage works as Dinner with Friends, Sight Unseen and Two Days, which recently premiered at the Long Wharf Theatre.
"A Man in Full" was Wolfe's first novel after his landmark '80s satire, "The Bonfire of the Vanities." A fin de siècle work, it took place in Atlanta and focused on Charlie Croker, a real estate mogul with a crumbling empire. As usual with Wolfe, dozens of detailed characters and several intertwined subplots are involved. A central event is the alleged rape of a society debutante by Georgia Tech football star Fareek "The Cannon" Fanon.