Viola Davis + HBO + Harriet Tubman?! A Film Is In The Works.
Viola Davis is combining all of her creative talent to both develop and star in an HBO film about the life of Harriet Tubman, a famous female “conductor” of the underground railroad. Kirk Ellis, writer for HBO’s John Adams Miniseries, will write the script. Doug Ellin, executive producer of Entourage, will be directing the film. The fact that HBO’s top talent is on board with Davis means that the network is treating this work with serious care. The movie is based specifically on the book Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero. The book uses Harriet Tubman’s own writing’s to correctly account for her deeds and acts of heroism. Although Tubman had a long life spanning spanning from 1822 to 1913, its a good bet the film will focus largely on her work in the Underground Railroad during the civil war.
The film has no release date yet and hasn’t entered the production stages. It is likely to be filmed when Viola Davis takes a break from filming her ABC hit show, How To Get Away With Murder according to Variety.