On Tuesday, it was announced that Shonda Rhimes will co-produce The Warmth of Other Suns, an FX adaptation of Isabel Wilkerson’s acclaimed book. Along with Rhimes’ company, Shondaland, The Warmth of Other Suns will be made by Dee Rees, the writer-director most recently responsible for the HBO movie Bessie, that premiered in May. If it follows the book, the show, a limited drama series, will detail the “great migration” of six million black Americans from the South to other parts of the country during the 1900s, focusing on three characters making the journey during three separate decades.
Author Isabel Wilkerson announced on her Facebook page:
Thrilled to announce that The Warmth of Other Suns is being adapted into a miniseries for FX by Shonda Rhimes, the groundbreaking producer of “Scandal” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” and by Dee Rees, the writer and director of the upcoming HBO biopic about blues singer Bessie Smith.
The project is in the very early stages of development, with Rees writing the screenplay, and Rhimes, along with her ABC-Studios-based company, Shondaland, executive-producing. The miniseries is to be a co-production between FX and the cable arm of ABC Studios.
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