10:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Kiki Layne to Star in 'Ring Shout' TV Adaptation From Kasi Lemmons
Skydance Television has landed the rights to adapt P. Djéli Clark's fantasy historical novella Ring Shout.
Published in October, the novel confronts the KKK's reign of terror with what is described as honesty and a supernatural twist. The indie studio has tapped The Old Guard and If Beale Street Could Talk breakout Kiki Layne to star in the drama series, which is being written and directed by Kasi Lemmons (Harriet, Eve's Bayou). A network is not yet attached. Skydance TV plans to shop the package to streaming services and premium cable networks.
Lemmons and Layne will exec produce the series alongside author Djéli Clark, Marc Evans, Matt Jackson and Skydance TV's David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Bill Bost.
Ring Shout is the latest package to be put together at Skydance TV. The company is also behind the untitled Arnold Schwartzenegger spy drama that landed at Netflix, among others. The studio's roster of on-air series includes Netflix's Grace and Frankie, Amazon's Jack Ryan and Jack Reacher and Apple's Foundation, among others.
The series, like the book, is set in the South in the 1920s when an otherworldly evil has risen in the form of monsters who take up residents within the bodies of people filled with hate — namely the KKK. Standing in their way is a young Black woman, Maryse Boudreaux, and her two friends and fellow resistance fighters.
Layne, who is fresh off starring opposite Charlize Theron in Skydance and Netflix's feature The Old Guard, will star as Maryse. The actress made her big-screen debut in Barry Jenkins' If Beale Street Could Talk. Her credits include HBO's Native Son and feature The Staggering Girl. She next appears in Amazon's Coming 2 America and is filming Olivia Wilde's Don't Worry Darling, opposite Florence Pugh, Harry Styles and Chris Pratt.
Lemmons, meanwhile, recently saw her directorial debut feature Eve's Bayou, recently inducted into the National Film Registry.