Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions developing ‘Fast Color’ series at Amazon

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw stars in the film “Fast Color.”

Amazon Studios is developing “Fast Color,” a series based on the 2018 sci-fi film about three generations of black women with superhuman abilities, according to Deadline.

The streaming adaptation comes from Oscar winner Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions, along with the film’s writers, Julia Hart and Jordan Horowitz and their Original Headquarters, along with Mickey Liddell’s LD Entertainment.

Released by Lionsgate/Code Black in April, the film was co-written by Hart and Horowitz and directed by Hart. The movie premiered to critical acclaim last year at the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. It was released last month on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD.

The film earned praise for putting three black women –  Ruth (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), her mom Bo (Lorraine Toussaint) and Ruth’s daughter Lila (Saniyya Sidney) – at the center of an original science fiction narrative.

The Amazon series will follow Ruth, a former drug addict and runaway, who returns home and rediscovers the special powers she thought lost, powers that her family have long kept hidden from the public. Three generations of black women reconnect, learning more about themselves and their ancestors, and realize one of them could save the world.

As with the film, Hart and Horowitz will write the pilot for the series, and Hart will direct, Deadline reports. Davis, Tennon and Andrew Wang will executive produce for JuVee, along with Hart and Horowitz for Original Headquarters, and Liddell and Pete Shilaimon for LD Entertainment.

“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.”

As previously reported, Amazon Studios inked last year an exclusive first-look feature production deal with JuVee Productions. The company is also developing “Wild Seed,” a drama series based on the first book in Octavia E. Butler’s “Patternist” sci-fi series, for Amazon.

“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….,” said Davis and Tennon 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.”




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