Marissa Jo Cerar is taking Charmaine Wilkerson’s upcoming debut novel, “Black Cake,” to Hulu. Following “a heated bidding war” with different streamers, Hulu has ordered an adaptation of the ebook to sequence, Deadline reports. Cerar will pen the challenge and function showrunner. Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Kapital Entertainment are producing.
Set to be revealed in February, “Black Cake” is a decades-spanning household drama-murder thriller. “In the late 1960s, a runaway bride named Covey disappears into the surf off the coast of Jamaica and is feared drowned or a fugitive on the run for her husband’s murder,” per its synopsis. “Fifty years later in California, Eleanor Bennett, a widow in her 60s, loses her battle with cancer, leaving her two estranged children a flash drive that holds previously untold stories of her journey from the Caribbean to America. These stories, narrated by Eleanor, shock her children and challenge everything they thought they knew about their family’s origin.”
“Black Cake” is known as for “a dish that signifies the marriage of cultures at the heart of the story,” in accordance with Deadline. “Black cake evolved from the British plum pudding that colonizers brought to the West Indies. Islanders then modified the recipe, incorporating their local ingredients.”
Cerar and Winfrey are government producing the variation, as are Carla Gardini and Emily Rudolf.
Cerar was studying “Black Cake” as she was finalizing her general take care of Kapital, which can also be the corporate behind her ABC anthology series “Women of the Movement.” “Kapital went after the rights to the book for Cerar to develop into a series as her first project under the deal,” the supply notes. “At the same time, Harpo also was pursuing the novel. Cerar, who had an existing relationship with Harpo’s Gardini and Rudolf from developing a project there, helped kick off conversations that resulted in the two companies teaming to produce together.”
“Women of the Movement,” which tells the tales of ladies civil rights activists, is scheduled to premiere midseason. Its first season — helmed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, Tina Mabry, Julie Dash, and Kasi Lemmons — focuses on Mamie Till-Mobley, whose son Emmett Till was brutally murdered by two white males within the Jim Crow South. Carer is the creator, showrunner, and exec producer. Her different writing and producing credit embody “The Handmaid’s Tale,” “13 Reasons Why,” and “Shots Fired.” Her function screenplay “Conversion” is in improvement at Ok Period Media.
Among the opposite initiatives on Winfrey’s producing slate are a “1619 Project” docuseries at Hulu and Yvonne Orji’s semi-autobiographical Disney+ comedy.