Netflix is set to develop a new limited series about Madam C.J. Walker in an announcement made during this year’s Television Critics Association (TCA) press tour.
Based on a book published in 2002 by A’Lelia Bundles (Walker’s great-great-granddaughter), the series is set to explore “the untold and highly irreverent story of Black hair care pioneer and mogul Madam C.J. Walker and how she overcame hostile turn-of-the-century America, epic rivalries, tumultuous marriages and some trifling family to become America’s first Black, self-made female millionaire”.
The project features an exciting collaboration between Octavia Spencer and LeBron James, who will join the project as executive producers alongside Maverick Carter, Mark Holder and Christine Holder. With a pilot directed by Kasi Lemmons (Eve’s Bayou, Talk to Me) and written by Nicole Asher, the series will run for eight episodes with Spencer starring as Sarah Breedlove.
Janine Sherman Barrois and Elle Johnson are the showrunners with Warner Bros. TV attached as the studio.
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Details of the series release date are yet to be announced.