Well, we did wonder if this would happen, when, in December, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, O, The Oprah Magazine and Oprah.com announced the newest Oprah’s Book Club 2.0 selection, The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.
It’s no longer speculation because Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films announced today that it has acquired the film rights to the The Invention of Wings.
The book debuted in January at #1 on the New York Times Bestsellers List.
“In her book, Sue Monk Kidd has given us such a rich narrative, compelling characters, and a rare historical perspective that we know will be the ideal foundation for a wonderful film,” said Oprah Winfrey.
Here’s a synopsis:
Hetty “Handful” Grimke, an urban slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, yearns for life beyond the suffocating walls that enclose her within the wealthy Grimke household. The Grimke’s daughter, Sarah, has known from an early age she is meant to do something large in the world, but she is hemmed in by the limits imposed on women. Kidd’s sweeping novel is set in motion on Sarah’s eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership of ten year old slave Hetty, who is to be her handmaid. We follow their remarkable journeys over the next thirty five years, as both strive for a life of their own, dramatically shaping each other’s destinies and forming a complex relationship marked by guilt, defiance, estrangement and the uneasy ways of love. As the stories build to a riveting climax, Hetty will endure loss and sorrow, finding courage and a sense of self in the process. Sarah will experience crushed hopes, betrayal, unrequited love, and ostracism before leaving Charleston to find her place alongside her fearless younger sister as one of the early pioneers in the drive to abolish slavery.
An exclusive interview with Oprah and Kidd will be broadcast on Super Soul Sunday, on April 13 at 11am ET/PT on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
It’s the right time for since its subject matter suits current film trends. And by that I mean the novel is set in the early 19th century USA and is centered around the life of a slave, at least in part.
By the way, Kidd also wrote The Secret Life of Bees, which became a feature film in 2008, directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood, produced by Will Smith, with Jada Pinkett Smith as executive producer, and starring Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson, Sophie Okonedo, Alicia Keys and Dakota Fanning.