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Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Oscar-Winning Director to Adapt THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Everyone is now aware of the error made in announcing the winner of the Best Picture Oscar at the Academy Awards.  I was pleased when Moonlight won since I found La La Land to be fluff.  (I will admit to cheering for Ryan Gosling since he’s a Canadian and even lived for a time where I now live.)

Barry Jenkins, the director of Moonlight has a new project:  he is teaming up with Plan B, the production company behind Moonlight, to adapt Colson Whitehead’s 2016 novel, The Underground Railroad.  Details are sparse at the moment but, apparently the adaptation will be a limited series (http://www.okayplayer.com/news/barry-jenkins-to-adapt-colson-whiteheads-best-selling-novel-the-underground-railroad-as-a-limited-series.html). 

The novel tells the story of Cora and Caesar, two slaves who make a bid for freedom from their Georgia plantations by following the Underground Railroad, which in this novel becomes an actual underground subway.  The book won the 2016 National Book Award for Fiction and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

LitHub even suggested whom he should cast in the various roles:  http://lithub.com/who-should-star-in-the-barry-jenkins-adaptation-of-the-underground-railroad/