10:00am PT by Gregg Kilday
Kerry Washington, Rashida Jones Team on 'Goldie Vance' Film
Kerry Washington and Rashida Jones are joining forces on a big-screen adaptation of Goldie Vance, a graphic novel about a 16-year-old mixed-race girl who dreams of becoming the in-house detective at a historic Miami resort.
The project, being designed as a potential family-film franchise at Fox, will be based on the graphic novel series, created by writer Hope Larson (who’s also created graphic novels of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time and DC’s Batgirl) and artist Brittney Williams (Patsy Walker) and published by Boom! Studios.
Jones will adapt and direct the film version, which Washington will produce under her Simpson Street production company banner, which is overseen by Pilar Savone. Also producing are Ross Richie and Stephen Christy for Boom! Studios. Boom!’s Adam Yoelin will co-produce. Daria Cercek and Jon Wu will oversee for Fox.
“I’m ecstatic to be collaborating with Rashida and Boom! Studios on telling this story. Fox is the perfect home for this project. Goldie Vance will steal your heart. She’s already stolen mine!,” Washington said in a statement. Jones added, “Goldie is exactly the kind of fearless, curious and funny heroine we need right now. I'm so honored to partner with Kerry Washington, Boom! Studios and Fox to bring her world to life.”
Jones, repped by UTA and attorney James Adams, currently stars on TBS’ Angie Tribeca and co-wrote a season 3 episode of Netflix’s Black Mirror. She is an executive producer on TNT’s dramedy Claws and co-wrote the film Celeste and Jesse Forever.
Washington, repped by CAA, Washington Square Arts and attorney Gretchen Rush, established Simpson Street in 2016. Its first project, HBO’s Confirmation, received an Emmy nomination for best TV movie/miniseries. The company is currently producing the films City of Saints & Thieves with Will Packer Productions; The Mothers with Warners; The Perfect Mother with Pascal Pictures; and 24-7 with Unbelievable Entertainment and Universal Pictures. They are also currently in production on Five Points for Facebook Watch, a co-production with Indigenous Media.
Boom!, repped by attorney Matt Saver, controls a large library comic book IP, and has first-look deals at both 20th Television and 20th Century Fox Film. It is currently in post on the supernatural thriller The Empty Man for Fox, and is developing Mouse Guard, with Wes Ball attached to direct, Matt Reeves producing, and Gary Whitta writing; Irredeemable with Adam McKay attached to direct and Tommy Wirkola writing; and Malignant with Becca Thomas attached to direct.