Clea DuVall looks to continue her directorial success, Sterling K. Brown produces for Hulu, and Apple is set to adapt City on Fire
High School (Amazon)
Clea DuVall, fresh off the success of her holiday rom-com Happiest Season, will adapt twin music duo’s best-selling memoir High School for Amazon Studios. Described as a “transcendent story of first loves and first songs,” the series follows the sexual and emotional coming-of-age of its two protagonists set against the backdrop of 90s grunge and rave culture. Produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment, the series will shoot in Calgary, Canada from March 21 through June 2, with DuVall taking primary writing and directing credits.
Washington Black (20th Century Fox Television)
This Is Us actor Sterling K. Brown will star in and executive produce this Hulu limited series that follows the adventures of the title character, an 11-year-old boy on a Barbados sugar plantation who must flee to Nova Scotia to forge his own path as a free man. Brown will play Medwin Harris, the gregarious caretaker of Wash’s building. Twilight Zone writer Selwyn Seyfu Hinds will adapt Esi Edugyan’s acclaimed 2018 novel, with Anthony Hemingway (Power, American Crime Story) set to direct the bulk of the episodes. Shooting begins on March 15 and will take place in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Nova Scotia and Mexico.
City on Fire (Apple TV+)
After directing several episodes of The Shrink Next Door, Jesse Peretz will continue to work with Apple Original Films for an adaptation of Garth Risk Hallberg’s novel. The plot follows the interlocking relationships between friends, the local music community and a series of mysterious fires all connected by the murder of a NYU student in 2003. Starring Wyatt Oleff (I Am Not OK With This, It) and Chase Sui Wonders (Genera+ion), the limited series will begin filming on location in New York City on March 21.