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Viola Davis Teaming With Dee Rees (“Pariah”) For HBO Series On Corruption

Viola Davis Teaming With Dee Rees ("Pariah") For HBO Series On Corruption

Viola Davis is on the move…!

We already know about the production company she recently created with her husband, which will has begun work acquiring the rights to its first project – an adaptation of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree, a 2008 title written by Ann Weisgarber.

Following up with that post in which the formation of her production company was announce a couple of weeks ago, and also in which there was mention of an HBO development deal for a series about a headmaster of ambiguous moral character at a San Francisco private school, comes word that the actress is moving full speed ahead with that latter project, with Pariah writer/director Dee Rees (no stranger to this S&A either) in the writer/director’s chair.

The new series will “look at the corruption of a city through the eyes of the headmaster of an exclusive prep school who has her eye on bigger things.

Viola, as already noted, will play the headmaster, while Dee Rees is writing the script with veteran HBO producer Margaret Nagle.

Davis will also produce, with Rees serving as a co-exec producer.

Deals are reportedly being finalized at the moment, so stay tuned. Let’s hope it all comes together!

To quote Senator Clay DavisSheeeeeiiiit! Count me in! Looking forward to what cooks. And thank goodness it’s on HBO and not a regular network channel!

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Julie Russell

I will watch. By the way, I saw The Help"
twice. Very, very good.

NY Kaz

We are so happy to see this partnership of two Sistahs that dared to do what is not spoken about until NOW! As a dircetor of a NYC Non-Profit org( Circle of Voices Inc.) for LGBTQ Women of Color we try to help our members to create the impossible and thanks for being a wonderful example of the POSSIBILITIES OF WOMEN OF AFRICAN DESCENT! Looking forward to bringing our group to see this film as we did with PARIAH! Keep up the great WORK!!!!!


Yes Kia. This duo is empowering.


Count me there!


Now to get a subscription to HBO…finally. LOL

I love the news. Love it! Congrats congrats congrats!

To quote Senator Clay Davis… Sheeeeeiiiit!

LOL !!!

Adam Scott Thompson

I’m sure that if the Viola Davis character comes off like Alonzo Harris, “the folk” will be up in arms. Oh well. I can’t think of any films or TV shows on my personal Top 10 that don’t feature one or more morally ambiguous main characters — black, white or otherwise.

(Watching reruns of “The Sopranos” made me realize that everybody in that show was foul to some extent — even the kids. That’s called great writing.)


Can’t wait for this. Dee Rees is truly gifted, and we all know Viola is in cahoots with the gods of astounding talent.




Count me in too……Sheeeeeiiiit!


I’m glad Viola Davis is doing her own thang! Dee Rees is hella talented so both of them are the ultimate dynamic duo.


Hellz yeah! Good on both of ’em! Also just read that HBO just hired a connected film guy (worked for Ridley Scott’s company) to run it’s drama dept, since more filmmakers are making the jump to tv, specifically HBO.

Might be something there since the film world is giving folks the finger….


Sounds good to ME! Can’t wait to see what happens…yeah, count me on this one too!! Cheers!


So true Yvette. (looking at you NAACP, Oprah, Tyler and the other “The Help” co-signers) Hope this is a home-run.


Excellent news! The picture of them together alone is empowering.


“A series about a headmaster of ambiguous moral character at a San Francisco private school.”
**Me giving the screen the “Side eye of suspicion”**

Synopsis + HBO + Pariah director = ?????

Why does it seem like to me there is gonna be some twisted behavior going on during this show? I hope Viola doesn’t start to sell out.

Yvette Ganier

Let’s hear the raves about this as hard as we heard the rants about “The Help.”

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