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Twentieth Television, in conjunction with Sterling K. Brown’s Indian Meadows Productions, Anthony Hemingway Productions and The Gotham Group, has won an intense bidding war for the rights to bring Esi Edugyan’s award-winning novel “Washington Black” to the small screen, Variety has learned exclusively.
The novel will be adapted for into a limited series for TV by Selwyn Hinds, with Edugyan on board as an executive producer.
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“Washington Black” tells the story of George Washington Black, or “Wash,” an 11-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, who is terrified to be chosen by his master’s brother as his manservant. However, to Wash’s surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist.
Soon, Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning–and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. But when...
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