Viola Davis and Malcolm D. Lee are teaming for Universal’s adaptation of I Almost Forgot About You.
Davis is attached to star and produce with her husband Julius Tennon via their JuVee Productions banner. Lee (Girls Trip, the Best Man series) will direct and produce through his Universal-based Blackmaled Productions. The Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley are also producing. Universal vp production Sara Scott will oversee on behalf of the studio, and Melanie Clark will oversee for Blackmaled.
Ron Bass will adapt the 2016 novel with its author, Terry McMillan, as the two previously collaborated on the big-screen adaptations of McMillan’s best-sellers How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale.
I Almost Forgot About You follows Georgia Young, a twice-divorced, successful optometrist whose life looks great on paper — as it’s full of great friends and family (although the “love” column hasn’t been checked off for some time) — but finds herself feeling bored and restless and decides it’s time to put her blinker on and change lanes. As a result, Georgia finds herself on a wild journey of self-discovery, reuniting with old lovers and getting a brand-new lease on life.
Davis, who currently toplines ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, next stars in Steve McQueen’s crime thriller Widows and a Harriet Tubman biopic written by Kirk Ellis. She is repped by CAA and Lasher Group.
Lee, fresh off directing the summer hit Girls Trip, will next helm the Kevin Hart comedy Night School. He is repped by Paradigm.