Zoe Saldana and Sister Cisley To Bring Hell Or High Water To Film
Zoe Saldana and her sister Cisley Saldana have teamed their company Saldana Productions with Jane Starz Productions, and Spellpound Entertainment to bring the novel Hell Or High Water to screen (Source – Deadline).
The novel, written by Joy Castro, is available here on Amazon.com. Below is there summary of the book:
Nola Céspedes, an ambitious young reporter at the Times-Picayune, finally catches a break: an assignment to write her first full-length feature. While investigating her story, she also becomes fixated on the search for a missing tourist in the French Quarter. As Nola’s work leads her into a violent criminal underworld, she’s forced to face disturbing truths from her own past and is confronted with the question: In the aftermath of devastation, who is responsible for rebuilding what’s been broken?
The book was only released in July of 2012, and Booklist has called it: “Exquisite New Orleans background, intriguing newsroom politics and atmosphere, a flawed but plucky heroine, and skillfully paced suspense makes this a ‘stay up way past your bedtime’ read.”
Author Joy Castro teaches literature, creative writing, and Latino studies at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln.
This is pretty fast for a book to be picked up by Hollywood eyes.
Seems like Zoe Saldana, who comes from an Afro-Latina background, became aware of the book before mainstream Hollywood. She may have jumped on the opportunity to play the protagonist, Nola Céspedes, though this is not confirmed. Her Cisley Saldana has only director and producer credits listed on IMDB. It seems unlikely she will act in the film.
Do you think this was a smart play by the Saldana sisters?