Samuel L. Jackson to Executive Produce 'East Texas Hot Links'

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Samuel L. Jackson

Eugene Lee will write and direct the adaptation of his play for Night Fox Entertainment.

Samuel L. Jackson is coming aboard to execute produce Eugene Lee’s film adaptation of his play East Texas Hot Links, which is being produced by Night Fox Entertainment.

Lee will write and direct the adaptation, which is set in a “colored only” bar in East Texas during the Jim Crow era. Casting is currently underway with the role of Boochie Reed going to John Beasley of TVLand’s The Soul Man.

The producers are Rachel Griffin; Night Fox’s Timothy Christian and Rab Butler; and Beasley. Jackson, repped by ICM Partners and Anonymous Content, will executive produce along with Night Fox’s Ryan Johnson.

Night Fox is fully financing the project, which is expected to begin filming in Los Angeles in the spring. “We’re thrilled to be teaming up with Eugene Lee and Samuel L. Jackson to bring this unique and powerful story to the screen,” Christian said.

The Omaha-based indie finance and production company co-financed the apocalyptic tale Z for Zachariah, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie and Chris Pine, which Roadside Attractions released on Aug. 28. 

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