Blumhouse Television is developing a limited series based on James McBride’s 2013 National Book Award-winning novel The Good Lord Bird, and Ethan Hawke is set to star as abolitionist leader John Brown. Not only that, but Hawke will also co-write the script with Mark Richard (Fear of the Walking Dead).
Blumhouse has made a name for themselves with the horror genre, and Hawke previously worked with them on The Purge. But they are looking to expand their brand into other genres. They are also a part of Amy Adams' HBO series Sharp Objects and Showtime’s upcoming The Loudest Voice in the Room.
Apparently, The Good Lord Bird is one of Hawke's favorite books, and the story follows "a young slave who joins up with Brown, disguises himself as a girl to avoid being recognized, and eventually participates in the famous 1859 raid on the army depot at Harpers Ferry. That effort was intended by Brown to initiate a slave revolt. It failed in that aim, but it is widely believed to have helped to ignite the Civil War."
As a fan of Ethan Hawke and this story, I'm looking forward to seeing how this series turns out.