by Mark Rabinowitz
Miramax Films has picked up North American theatrical rights to writer
Maya Angelou’s directorial debut, “Down in the Delta,” from Showtime
Networks Inc. The film stars Alfre Woodard (“Grand Canyon,” “Passion
Fish“), Esther Rolle (“Rosewood,” TV’s “Good Times“), Al Freeman, Jr.
(“Malcom X“), Mary Alice (“Malcom X”) and Wesley Snipes (“One Night
Stand“) and is a story of a troubled family who must return to their
roots in Mississippi to discover their history.
In a prepared statement, Angelou siad, “‘Down in the Delta’ was a labor
of love for all involved,” continuing, “I was delighted to find an
initial home for this project at Showtime, and I was very pleased that
Showtime reached an agreement with Miramax so that it can be released
theatrically on the large screen to even larger audiences.”
The script for “Delta” was written by Myron Goble and won a Nicholl
Fellowship Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Rick Rosenberg, Bob Christiansen, Victor McGauley, Wesley Snipes and