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Updates On Regina King's Adaptation Of Reshonda Tate Billingsley's 'Let The Church Say Amen'

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 24, 2012 9:55 AM
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Regina King

We announced this about a month-and-a-half ago; but, for some reason, the major industry media outlets are only now *officially* reporting it. Our source was the author herself.

I'm reposting it (with a couple of updates - specifically attachments)...

In short, Regina King will make her feature film directorial debut, adapting Reshonda Tate Billingsley's 2005 novel Let The Church Say Amen for BET.

Queen Latifah's Flava Unit is onboard to produce a project that will be one of the first BET original movies for BET, along with Regina King, and Roger Bobb.

Reina King (sister of Regina) is executive producing;

Actress/writer Crystal Garrett is adapting the novel to screenplay.

Here's a full description of the book by Amazon:

Reverend Simon Jackson has always felt destined to lead and he's done a good job of it, transforming his small Houston church into one of the most respected and renowned in the region. But while the good Reverend's been busy tending his flock, his family's gone astray. His nineteen-year-old daughter, Rachel, gives new meaning to "baby mama drama." Crazy in love with her son's father, she's wreaking havoc on the man's life, even though he's about to marry another woman. David, Simon's oldest at twenty-seven, has been spiraling downward ever since a knee injury ended a promising football career. These days he's seeking solace in drugs -- even feeding his habit by stealing church offerings. Blessedly, twenty-three-year-old Jonathan, a college graduate and the apple of Simon's eye, is poised to take his father's side as associate pastor -- or so everyone thinks. Loretta has been a devoted wife to Simon, but she's beginning to realize that enabling him to give more to the church than to his children was her biggest mistake. As things begin to fall apart and secrets are revealed, will Loretta be able to help her husband reunite their tattered family before it's too late?

Lots going on there.

No word on casting yet, but we should hear something soon, since shooting is expected to begin next month in Atlanta.

If you've read the novel, your thoughts on it, as well as your casting choices?

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  • curious1 | August 24, 2012 8:58 PMReply

    LANCE REDDICK should be Revrend Simon Jackson!

  • Kimyatta | August 24, 2012 12:01 PMReply

    I think Michael Ealy would be great in the roll of David or Jonathan....Clifton Powell for Simon maybe...Stuck with someone for Rachel. She has got to be dramafied!

  • Jonnie Young | August 24, 2012 11:43 AMReply

    Can't wait for this movie!! The book was awesome and filled with twists at ever turn.

  • Mimi Ryans | August 24, 2012 11:17 AMReply

    Can't wait to see this awesome book in a movie...One of the best authors I have read...this is going to be an AWESOME movie!!!

  • Lacha M~Scott | August 24, 2012 11:01 AMReply

    Awesome!!! Congrats!!! I can't wait!!!

  • Nicole Jones | August 24, 2012 10:47 AMReply


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