Thursday, September 23, 2021

Viola Davis and Husband Julius Tennon to Adapt ‘Fast Color’ Series At Amazon

*Viola Davis has teamed with Amazon Studios to develop a TV series based on the 2018 sci-fi “Fast Color.” 

The film follows three African-American women (Lorraine Toussaint, Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Saniyya Sidney) from different generations who have superpowers.

As reported by THR, the series will focus on Ruth (played by Mbatha-Raw in the movie), “a runaway and drug addict who returns home and rediscovers powers she thought she had lost and that her family has long kept secret. Three generations of black women reconnect, and as they learn more about those who came before, they realize one of them could save the world.”

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Julia Hart, and Saniyya Sidney attend the “Fast Color” Premiere 2018 SXSW Conference and Festivals at Paramount Theatre on March 10, 2018 in Austin, Texas.
(Source: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images North America)

The film premiered at SXSW in 2018 and was released theatrically by Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films earlier this year. The Amazon series comes from Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions, along with the feature’s writers, Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz.

Hart and Horowitz will write the pilot and Hart will direct. 

“Since the day we premiered at SXSW, there has been an incredible outpouring of grassroots support for this film,” Hart said. “We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to continue living in this world, with these women, and can’t imagine better partners than Viola and Julius and Mickey and Pete and everyone at Amazon.”

Davis and Tennon added: “Our commitment at JuVee as artists is what fuels our imagination. We want to play. We want to challenge. We want to ask, “What if….” the couple said in a statement. “Fast Color allows us to live in a world that fullfills all of the above. It’s a story and world that reminds us that not only do we have a soul, but we have extraordinary, unlikely women who fiercely protect it.”

 

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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