Regina King to direct film adaptation of ‘Bitter Root’ comic-book series

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Regina King will follow up her three-time Oscar-nominated directorial debut “One Night in Miami” by helming the film adaptation of the award-winning comic-book series “Bitter Root.”

Published by Image Comics, “Bitter Root” is set in 1924 during the Harlem Renaissance. Once known as the greatest monster hunters of all time, the Sangerye family specialized in curing the souls of those infected by hate, but those days are fading. A terrible tragedy has claimed most of the family, leaving the surviving cousins split between curing monsters and killing them. Now, with a new breed of monster loose on the streets of Harlem, the Sangerye family must come together, or watch the human race fall to untold evil.

Published by Image Comics, the award-winning comic-book series “Bitter Root” is set in 1924 during the Harlem Renaissance.

In addition to directing, King – an Oscar- and Emmy-winning actor who earned a Golden Globe nomination for directing the historical fiction drama “One Night in Miami” – will produce the movie for Legendary Pictures, according to Variety.

Other producers on the project include “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian of Proximity Media.

David F. Walker, Sanford Green and Chuck Brown, who created the comic, will executive produce the movie version with Drapetomedia’s Sean Owolo.

Bryan Edward Hill (“Titans,” “Ash vs. Evil Dead”), who is penning the upcoming “Power Rangers” for eOne and Hasbro, is currently rewriting a draft of the “Bitter Root” script,” according to Variety.


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