Following up her acclaimed feature debut One Night in Miami, all-around extraordinary talent Regina King will be honing her directorial skills on an adaptation of Image Comics’ Bitter Root, the series that follows a family of supernatural specialists in New York, set amidst the 1920’s Harlem Renaissaince.
Bitter Root comes from Legendary Entertainment, with King now set to direct and produce as well, alongside sister Reina King, Creed director Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian. Bryan Edward Hill, most recently of Warner Bros’ Titans series, is writing the script.
Amidst the rich culture and art scene of the Harlem Renaissance, Bitter Root is an ongoing series from writers Chuck Brown and David F Walker, with art by Sandford Greene. The series chronicles the paranormal exploits of the Sangerye Family, a veteran clan of monster hunters on the frontlines of protecting New York from all manner of sinister sorcery and otherworldly invaders. Bitter Root is phenomenal, regarded widely as one of the best new ongoing series with multiple Eisner Award wins and nominations, with a premise and cast of characters so vibrant, a screen adaptation was inevitable.
As a Hollywood veteran, King’s acting career reached new heights when she won an Academy Award for her performance in Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk, following with multiple nominations for her feature directing debut One Night In Miami, based on Kemp Powers’ play about a powerhouse meeting between Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, and Sam Cooke. Though Hollywood has a way of pulling all great artists into the comic book sphere of things, it’s great news to see such an original voice in comics find a great talent like King’s.
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