Starz developing drama series about African warrior ‘Queen Nzinga’

Starz developing drama series about African warrior ‘Queen Nzinga’

The series will share the remarkable true story of Nzinga, who fought against the cruel subjugation of her people by Portuguese slavers. Set in 17th-century Angola, it will chronicle the legendary tale of Nzinga’s transformation from an innocent princess into a fearless warrior queen who rages a ferocious 40-year guerrilla war against the kingdom’s formidable enemies.

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Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘The Hurt Locker’ to debut on 4K Ultra HD

Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘The Hurt Locker’ to debut on 4K Ultra HD

With “The Hurt Locker,” Bigelow (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Point Break”) became the first woman to win the Academy Award for Best Director. She remained the only female director to win the category until Chloe Zhao won last year for “Nomadland.”

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Anna Kendrick to star in director Mary Nighy’s psychological thriller ‘Alice, Darling’

Anna Kendrick to star in director Mary Nighy’s psychological thriller ‘Alice, Darling’

Mary Nighy’s feature film directorial debut, the film also stars Wunmi Mosaku, Kaniehtiio Horn and Charlie Carrick. It is written by Alanna Francis (“The Rest of Us”).

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Suzanne Collins’ ‘Hunger Games’ prequel under development at Lionsgate

Suzanne Collins’ ‘Hunger Games’ prequel under development at Lionsgate

Color Force’s Nina Jacobson, who has produced all of the films in “The Hunger Games” franchise, will produce the new adaptation along with her partner Brad Simpson, while Francis Lawrence, who directed “Catching Fire,” “Mockingjay – Part 1” and “Mockingjay – Part 2,” will helm the prequel.

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Kelly Fremon Craig to write and direct long-awaited film adaptation of Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret’

Kelly Fremon Craig to write and direct long-awaited film adaptation of Judy Blume’s ‘Are You There, God? It’s Me, Margaret’

The book chronicles the coming-of-age of Margaret Simon, a sixth-grader who moves from New York City to suburban New Jersey. She frequently prays to God to help her navigate the challenges of her adolescence, which range from puberty and first crushes to her interfaith family dynamics.

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‘Power’ creator Courtney Kemp inks wide-ranging new deal with Lionsgate

‘Power’ creator Courtney Kemp inks wide-ranging new deal with Lionsgate

The deal has been deemed as “one-of-a-kind” agreement by Lionsgate. The development and production deal offers Kemp and her End of Episode shingle the opportunity to expand the “Power” franchise with potential spinoffs among a number of commitments by Starz. Additionally, the deal encompasses other projects for Lionsgate to take to market for Kemp on a multitude of platforms.

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