Sonya Winton-Odamtten And Jonathan I. Kidd To Adapt Octavia Butler’s ‘Fledging’; Sanjay Shah To EP ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ Revival; Regé-Jean Page Is ‘The Saint’
by Team Diaspora | Jul 30, 2021 | News |
- HBO has ordered a pilot script based on Octavia Butler‘s sci-fi vampire novel Fledging with the talented Lovecraft Country writers and co-executive producers Sonya Winton-Odamtten and Jonathan I. Kidd penning the adaptation. Issa Rae and J.J. Abrams are among the exec producers — now that’s one helluva team.
- Speaking of Octavia Butler, A24 acquired the rights to her sci-fi odyssey Parable of the Sower, with Time director Garrett Bradley set to helm the adaptation based on Butler’s 1993 book.
- Tiffany Haddish and LaKeith Stanfield are in talks to join the forthcoming Justin Simien-directed Haunted Mansion, based on one of the most iconic rides from Disneyland.
- Sanjay Shah, who recently served as co-showrunner and executive producer of the Apple TV+ animated musical comedy Central Park, is set to write and executive produce on Everybody Hates Chris, an animated series reboot of Chris Rock’s autobiographical family sitcom.
- Icon and Da 5 Bloods actor Delroy Lindo is set to lead Amazon’s straight-to-series adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s 2005 fantasy novel Anansi Boys.
- Bridgerton‘s Regé-Jean Page is set to star in and executive produce Paramount’s reboot of The Saint with playwright and actor Kwame Kwei-Armah tapped to write a new draft of the script for the adventure thriller.
- Grace Parra Janney and Josh Bycel are teaming with Eva Longoria to develop a single-camera comedy for ABC inspired by the Janney’s large Mexican-American family in Texas.
- Superstore and Crazy Rich Asians actor Nico Santos is joining the ensemble of the indie The Re-Education of Molly Singer.
- The Daily Show host Trevor Noah is set to produce The Tipping Point, a docuseries that will tackle the big issues of the era, from voting rights to civil rights, human rights to healthcare, American Democracy to the global refugee crisis.
- The Chi‘s Jacob Latimore is set to co-star in New Line’s reimagining of Kid ‘n Play’s 1990 cult comedy House Party.
- She’s Gotta Have It’s DeWanda Wise will star alongside Shailene Woodley in Showtime’s adaptation of Lisa Taddeo’s Three Women.
- Oscar-winning actress Mo’Nique has struck with a deal Endemol Shine North America to develop a range of unscripted projects.
- AMC Networks’ sci-fi thriller Moonhaven has added The Death & Life of John F. Donovan and Twilight Zone actor Amara Karan.
- Small Axe star Micheal Ward is set to join Olivia Colman in the Sam Mendes-directed Empire of Light.
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon is set to helm the adaptation of the coming-of-age pic The Fortress of Solitude at Amazon.
- Grantham Coleman is set to join Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu‘s Spanish-language pic Limbo.
- Teyana Taylor is set to star in A.V. Rockwell’s feature debut A Thousand And One.
- OutKast legend Big Boi is developing a music mentorship and DIY studio makeover series.
- Paramount+ unveiled new cast members joining revival of The Game including Adriyan Rae, Vaughn Hebron and Analisa Velez. Brittany Daniel and Pooch Hall will reprise their roles from the original.
- There a couple of renewals to take note of this week including Love, Victor for a third season at Hulu. TNT has also renewed Snowpiercer for a fourth season as it recently wrapped its third.
- The Last O.G. actor Allen Maldonado has joined ABC’s The Wonder Years revival in a recurring role.
- When Hamilton returns to Broadway on September 14, Miguel Cervantes will assume the titular role of the Tony-winning musical that became a cultural phenomenon.
- Black-ish co-executive producer Robb Chavis has signed an overall deal with CBS Studios.
- Some executive movies for your reading pleasure: Paul Garnes has been named president of Array Filmworks while Anthony and Joe Russo’s AGBO has promoted executive Albert Kim to vice president of intellectual property and development. In addition, Kevin Hart’s HartBeat Productions is expanding and has made a round of promotions and new hires across its film and TV divisions. Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production shingle Higher Ground has also made some changed expanded its executive team. Lionsgate has promoted Rahwa Ghebre-Ab to the newly-created position of Executive Vice President, Chief Ethics and Legal Compliance Officer.