Black women are continuing their reign in, on and behind the scenes in Hollywood. In addition to her hit shows on ABC, and coming off directing the new HBO biopic Bessie, Shonda Rhimes and Dee Rees will produce and direct a new television drama for the FX network.
According to Variety, the network is in the early stages of developing a historical drama series based on Isabel Wilkerson’s 2010 book The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.
For those who haven’t read it, or haven’t heard their friends gush about it, the book tells the story of 6 million African Americans moving from the south into the north and western regions of the country from 1915 to 1970. The story follows three characters in different decades. Wilkerson, who had already received a Pulitzer Prize for her work at The New York Times, also earned significant critical acclaim for the piece.
Presumably since this is a Rhimes production, FX is working with ABC Signature, the cable portion of ABC studios, where Shondaland is based.
Rees, the director also behind Pariah, will write the screen adaptation.
Having seen both Pariah and Bessie and being a fan of Shonda’s work, I feel confident that this piece of treasured literature, particularly in the African American community, will be in good hands with these two at the helm.
Have you read The Warmth of Other Suns? Are you excited about its screen adaptation?