Regina King (HBO’s Watchmen) will be at the helm of the major motion picture adaptation of the monster hunting Harlem Renaissance graphic novel Bitter Root.
Oh hey. Secret’s out. @ReginaKing is a GENIUS. A joy to work for on this one. Really honored to be a part of it. @DavidWalker1201 and @sanfordgreene are old friends, and the whole group on this is fantastic. Shoutout to @SevOhanian for bringing me on board. He’s a genius too! https://t.co/9Nba4MA18h
— Hilluminati (@bryanedwardhill) May 11, 2021
According to Deadline: Legendary has closed a deal for Regina King to direct and produce the feature adaptation of Bitter Root, the acclaimed Image Comics series created by David F. Walker & Sanford Greene and indie veteran Chuck Brown. King will also produce with Reina King via their Royal Ties banner, alongside Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian of Proximity Media. Walker, Greene, Brown and Drapetomedia’s Sean Owolo will executive produce. Bryan Edward Hill is currently rewriting the draft.
The story is set during the vibrant Harlem Renaissance of 1924, when a fractured family of once-great monster hunters faces an unimaginable evil that descends upon New York City. For generations, the Sangeryes have hunted and cured those infected by a supernatural force that feeds off the prejudice of the era, transforming human beings into hideous monsters. With most of the family dead, and the surviving Sangeryes at odds between saving or killing the creatures, they must overcome the wounds of the past in the hopes of thwarting an invasion.
The acclaimed series received nominations for a 2019 Eisner Award for Best New Series and a 2019 Ringo award for Best Series.
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King is coming off her acclaimed directing debut on the Amazon Studios pic One Night In Miami, for which she was nominated for a DGA Award and an NAACP Image Award; the film also received three Oscar nominations. As an actress, she won the 2019 Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk and is a four-time Emmy winner.