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[08/11/16 - 11:14 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, August 11
Updates include: Thomas Gibson suspended from "Criminal Minds"; Mena Suvari cast in TV Land's "American Woman"; and Osi Okerafor bound for WGN America's "Roadside Picnic."

[08/05/16 - 11:38 PM]
Development Update: Friday, August 5
Updates include: Rachel Brosnahan to lead Amazon's "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel"; FOX orders animated pilot "Okies of Bel Air"; and Tone Bell boards Netflix's "Disjointed."

[07/28/16 - 11:37 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, July 28
Updates include: Idina Menzel to lead "Beaches" remake at Lifetime; D.J. Nash sells "Losing It" to ABC; and Megan Fox set to return to FOX's "New Girl."

[07/25/16 - 11:19 PM]
Development Update: Monday, July 25
Updates include: Alicia Silverstone to star as TV Land's "American Woman"; Joe Dinicol cast as Ragman on The CW's "Arrow"; and Samira Wiley scores role on Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale."

[07/15/16 - 11:41 PM]
Development Update: July 14-15
Updates include: Andy Samberg, HBO reteam for "Tour de Pharmacy"; Sandrine Holt joins the cast of "MacGyver" at CBS; and Max Minghella, Ann Dowd both board Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale."

[05/02/16 - 10:38 AM]
Oprah Winfrey to Star in HBO Films' "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"
The film tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line.

[05/12/10 - 05:15 PM]
Development Update: Wednesday, May 12
Updates include: FOX's "Wilde Kingdom," ABC's "No Ordinary Family" latest to series orders; Tim Robbins, James Gandolfini to star in HBO's "Cinema Verite"; and FX greenlights its "Wilfred" pilot.







IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, THE (HBO)
BROADCAST HISTORY:
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STATUS:
telefilm/mini-series greenlighted
DESCRIPTION:
(from HBO's press release, May 2016) Emmy(R) winner and Oscar(R) nominee Oprah Winfrey ("Selma," "The Color Purple," "Lee Daniels' The Butler") will star in HBO Films' THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS, based on Rebecca Skloot's critically acclaimed, bestselling nonfiction book of the same name. DGA winner, Emmy(R) nominee and veteran Broadway director-producer George C. Wolfe (HBO's "Lackawanna Blues"; Tony winner for "Angels in America") will direct from his screenplay. Winfrey, Academy Award(R), Emmy(R) and Golden Globe winner Alan Ball ("American Beauty"; HBO's "True Blood" and "Six Feet Under"; CINEMAX's "Banshee"), Peter Macdissi (CINEMAX's "Banshee"), Carla Gardini ("The Hundred-Foot Journey") and Lydia Dean Pilcher (HBO's "You Don't Know Jack") will executive produce, and Rebecca Skloot will co-executive produce the film, a Your Face Goes Here Entertainment, Harpo Films and Cine Mosaic production. THE IMMORTAL LIFE OF HENRIETTA LACKS tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman whose cells were used to create the first immortal human cell line. Told through the eyes of her daughter, Deborah Lacks (Winfrey), the film chronicles her search to learn about the mother she never knew and to understand how the unauthorized harvesting of Lacks' cancerous cells in 1951 led to unprecedented medical breakthroughs, changing countless lives and the face of medicine forever. It's a story of medical arrogance and triumph, race, poverty and deep friendship between the unlikeliest of people.
PRINCIPAL CAST INFORMATION:
· Adriane Lenox as Barbara
· Courtney B. Vance as Sir Lord Keenan Kester Cofield
· John Douglas Thompson as Lawrence
· Kyanna Simone Simpson as Young Deborah Lacks
· Leslie Uggam as Sadie
· Oprah Winfrey as Deborah Lacks
· Reed Birney as Dr. George Gey
· Reg E. Cathey as Zakariyya
· Renee Elise Goldsberry as Henrietta Lacks
· Rocky Carroll as Sonny Lacks
· Roger Robinson as Day Lacks
· Rose Byrne as Rebecca Skloot
· Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Dr. Pattillo
CREW INFORMATION:
· Alan Ball as EP
· Carla Gardini as EP
· George C. Wolfe as WRTR/DIR
· Lydia Dean Pilcher as EP
· Oprah Winfrey as EP
· Peter Macdissi as EP
· Rebecca Skloot as BOOK/CO-EP
GENRE(S):
· based on a book
· mow
STUDIO INFORMATION:
· Cine Mosaic
· Harpo Films
· Your Face Goes Here Entertainment