Sunday, September 25, 2022

Lifetime Developing Serena’s ‘Sister Dance’ – Janet’s Queenie Film


*New films from Serena Williams and Janet Jackson are among those featured in Lifetime’s 2016/2017-development slate.

Shadow and Act reports that Williams will serve as an executive producer for “Sister Dance” (a working title), an original movie centering on a story inspired by the annual dance-off competition which she hosts with her sister, Venus.

The scripted telepic will focus on two sisters who become rivals when they pit themselves against each other and their respective dance teams in an epic dance battle.

For Jackson, plans call for her to executive produce the story of 1920’s New York City mobster, Stephanie St. Clair. Known as “Queenie,” St. Clair is noted for being the the first and only woman gangster during the prohibition while running numerous criminal enterprises in Harlem, NYC in the early part of the 20th century as a mob boss. Despite bumping heads with the then-Italian mafia, St. Clair managed to stay entirely independent while helming her criminal empire.

In Bill Duke‘s 1997 gangland crime drama “Hoodlum” Queenie was played by Cicely Tyson.

Jackson’s film, which will be set against the backdrop of The Cotton Club, will be directed by Kenny Leon.

The infamous gangster ‘Queenie’

Other items on Lifetime’s development slate include “Fashion Inc.,” a new unscripted series and “Gold Medal Families,” a new docuseries.

Set in New York City’s celebrated fashion district, “Fashion Inc.” will feature aspiring fashion and beauty entrepreneurs who compete for the chance to obtain funds from a panel of expert investors to help grow their budding ventures. The hour-long eight-episode series, which is in development, is produced by The Weinstein Company and slated to premiere later this year.

“Gold Medal Families,” will showcase six Olympic hopefuls and their families as it reveals the extraordinary lengths, economic hardships and personal sacrifices the families go through to get their elite athlete to the podium of the world games. According to Shadow and Act, eight 1-hour episodes of the docuseries have been ordered, with the show premiering this summer.




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