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Viola Davis Teaming With Dee Rees ("Pariah") For HBO Series On Corruption

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 16, 2011 11:35 AM
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Viola Davis is on the move...!

We already know about the production company she recently created with her husband, which will has begun work acquiring the rights to its first project - an adaptation of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, a 2008 title written by Ann Weisgarber.

Following up with that post in which the formation of her production company was announce a couple of weeks ago, and also in which there was mention of an HBO development deal for a series about a headmaster of ambiguous moral character at a San Francisco private school, comes word that the actress is moving full speed ahead with that latter project, with Pariah writer/director Dee Rees (no stranger to this S&A either) in the writer/director's chair.

The new series will "look at the corruption of a city through the eyes of the headmaster of an exclusive prep school who has her eye on bigger things."

Viola, as already noted, will play the headmaster, while Dee Rees is writing the script with veteran HBO producer Margaret Nagle.

Davis will also produce, with Rees serving as a co-exec producer.

Deals are reportedly being finalized at the moment, so stay tuned. Let's hope it all comes together!

To quote Senator Clay Davis... Sheeeeeiiiit! Count me in! Looking forward to what cooks. And thank goodness it's on HBO and not a regular network channel!

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  • Julie Russell | January 11, 2012 5:59 PMReply

    I will watch. By the way, I saw The Help"
    twice. Very, very good.

  • NY Kaz | January 8, 2012 12:40 PMReply

    We are so happy to see this partnership of two Sistahs that dared to do what is not spoken about until NOW! As a dircetor of a NYC Non-Profit org( Circle of Voices Inc.) for LGBTQ Women of Color we try to help our members to create the impossible and thanks for being a wonderful example of the POSSIBILITIES OF WOMEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT! Looking forward to bringing our group to see this film as we did with PARIAH! Keep up the great WORK!!!!!

  • LvFlg | August 18, 2011 1:40 AMReply

    Yes Kia. This duo is empowering.

  • Jennifer | August 17, 2011 5:14 AMReply

    Count me there!

  • Tamara | August 17, 2011 3:42 AMReply

    Now to get a subscription to HBO...finally. LOL

    I love the news. Love it! Congrats congrats congrats!

    To quote Senator Clay Davis... Sheeeeeiiiit!

    LOL !!!

  • Adam Scott Thompson | August 17, 2011 2:42 AMReply

    I'm sure that if the Viola Davis character comes off like Alonzo Harris, "the folk" will be up in arms. Oh well. I can't think of any films or TV shows on my personal Top 10 that don't feature one or more morally ambiguous main characters -- black, white or otherwise.

    (Watching reruns of "The Sopranos" made me realize that everybody in that show was foul to some extent -- even the kids. That's called great writing.)

  • Zainab | August 17, 2011 2:20 AMReply

    Can't wait for this. Dee Rees is truly gifted, and we all know Viola is in cahoots with the gods of astounding talent.

  • Laura | August 17, 2011 1:19 AMReply


  • Neziah | August 17, 2011 1:06 AMReply

    Count me in too......Sheeeeeiiiit!

  • Mecca | August 16, 2011 12:51 PMReply

    I'm glad Viola Davis is doing her own thang! Dee Rees is hella talented so both of them are the ultimate dynamic duo.

  • Jug | August 16, 2011 12:26 PMReply

    Hellz yeah! Good on both of 'em! Also just read that HBO just hired a connected film guy (worked for Ridley Scott's company) to run it's drama dept, since more filmmakers are making the jump to tv, specifically HBO.

    Might be something there since the film world is giving folks the finger....

  • RB | August 16, 2011 12:17 PMReply

    Sounds good to ME! Can't wait to see what happens…yeah, count me on this one too!! Cheers!

  • Cynthia | August 16, 2011 12:16 PMReply

    So true Yvette. (looking at you NAACP, Oprah, Tyler and the other "The Help" co-signers) Hope this is a home-run.

  • Kia | August 16, 2011 12:09 PMReply

    Excellent news! The picture of them together alone is empowering.

  • darkan | August 16, 2011 12:08 PMReply

    "A series about a headmaster of ambiguous moral character at a San Francisco private school."
    **Me giving the screen the "Side eye of suspicion"**

    Synopsis + HBO + Pariah director = ?????

    Why does it seem like to me there is gonna be some twisted behavior going on during this show? I hope Viola doesn't start to sell out.

  • Yvette Ganier | August 16, 2011 12:06 PMReply

    Let's hear the raves about this as hard as we heard the rants about "The Help."

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