According to a new report from Variety, Blumhouse Television is developing a series based on award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. The book was published in 2013, winning the National Book Award the same year.
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Ethan Hawke, star of The Purge, is set to play abolitionist leader John Brown, as well as co-writing the script alongside Mark Richard of Fear the Walking Dead.
The Good Lord Bird is a historical fiction novel set in Antebellum, Kansas. It follows a young boy, born into slavery, who becomes involved in John Brown’s antislavery movement. The boy, Henry, must pass as a girl in order to survive. The book eventually follows Brown and Henry to the 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry – one of the major catalysts for the American Civil War.
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Hawke and McBride will both executive produce the miniseries, as will Brian Taylor, Ryan Hawke, and David Schiff.
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