Regina King to direct ‘Bitter Root’ comic book movie
Regina King was asked to direct “Bitter Root,” a film adaptation of the Harlem Renaissance-set comic book series.
In addition to directing, King will produce the film for Legendary Pictures. Other producers include “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian of Proximity Media.
Comic book creators David F. Walker, Sanford Green and Chuck Brown will produce the film adaptation with Drapetomedia’s Sean Owolo.
Set during the vibrant Harlem Renaissance of 1924, “Bitter Root” follows a fractured family of once great monster hunters who face unimaginable evil that befalls New York City. For generations, the Sangeryes hunted down and healed those infected with a supernatural force that fed off the prejudices of the time, turning humans into monsters. With most of the parents dead, the surviving Sangeryes have an unenviable choice of saving or killing the creatures in the hope of thwarting an invasion.
Bryan Edward Hill, who has been drafted to write the next “Power Rangers” for eOne and Hasbro, is rewriting a draft of the screenplay.
King’s hiring comes shortly after making his first feature film, “A Night in Miami, which was critically acclaimed last year. The film, a fictional tale of a meeting between Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke, received numerous accolades, including three Oscar nominations and a Golden Globe for King’s directing efforts. A Decorated Actor, King’s recent screen credits include “If Beale Street Could Talk” and the HBO series “Watchman”.
King is represented by ICM Partners, John Carrabino, and Gang, Tire, Brown & Passman, Inc. Hill is represented by Verve, Heroes and Villains Entertainment and Jackoway Austen.