EXCLUSIVE: Tessa Thompson is transferring into manufacturing in a serious manner with a brand new manufacturing firm, a first-look deal at HBO and HBO Max and exec producing two huge e book diversifications – Who Fears Death and The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.
The Westworld star has launched Viva Maude with a two-year deal on the WarnerMedia-owned cable community and streaming service.
Thompson mentioned, “I’m past thrilled to formally launch my manufacturing firm, Viva Maude, which has been an actual ardour mission and labour of affection over the previous couple of years. I’m elated to start this partnership and to convey entertaining and impactful tv initiatives to my buddies and collaborators at HBO and HBO Max. Together we’re dedicated to growing attention-grabbing and inclusive tales with ingenious creators and to find new voices and visionaries.”
Thompson, who stars in and exec produces Amazon characteristic movie Sylvie’s Love, will exec produce these two initiatives in growth at HBO and HBO Max as a part of the deal.
Who Fears Death is an adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s eponymous e book. In the works at HBO since 2017 with Game of Thrones creator George R.R. Martin as one of many exec producers, Aïda Mashaka Croal, a author on Jessica Jones and Luke Cage, has additionally come board as showrunner, author and exec producer.
The trio be part of Angela Mancuso and Michael Lombardo as EPs with Okorafor as co-exec producer.
Who Fears Death tells the approaching of age story of Onyesowu in post-apocalyptic North Africa the place her story makes her an outcast. She should go on a journey from self-reproach to like, however to take action she’ll have to beat untold obstacles—defeating her hated sorcerer father and changing into the instrument of prophetic deliverance for a land of oppressed individuals, all of the whereas preventing to grasp the terrifying powers rising inside her.
At HBO Max, Thompson can be exec producing an adaptation of The Secret Lives of Church Ladies. The quick story assortment, written by Deesha Philyaw, was printed in September and was a finalist for the 2020 National Book Award for Fiction. It comprises 9 tales about Black girls, church, and sexuality.
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies explores the uncooked and tender locations the place Black girls and women dare to comply with their needs and pursue a momentary reprieve from being good. Different generations of ladies characters grapple with who they wish to be on this planet, caught as they’re between the church’s double requirements and their very own wants and passions. With their secret longings, new love, and forbidden affairs, these church girls are as seductive as they wish to be, as susceptible as they must be, as untrue and unrepentant as they care to be, and as free as they need to be.
Thompson will exec produce with creator Philyaw, who can be writing the variation.
Thompson’s different credit embody Thor: Ragnarok, Avengers: Endgame, Annihilation, Sorry to Bother You, Selma, and Dear White People and she or he co-stars alongside Ruth Negga in Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut characteristic movie Passing in addition to Creed III and Thor: Love and Thunder. She can be a producer on QCode’s fiction podcast The Left Right Game, which Amazon bought the rights to adapt right into a tv collection, the place Thompson will proceed her producing duties
Thompson is repped by WME, Mosaic and lawyer Jeffrey Bernstein at Jackoway, Austen, Tyerman. Deesha Philyaw is repped by Gotham, Upstart Crow and Blue Flower Arts.