As we already know, Regina King will make her feature film directorial debut, adapting Reshonda Tate Billingsley‘s 2005 novel Let The Church Say Amen for BET.
Queen Latifah‘s Flava Unit is onboard to produce a project that will be one of the first BET original movies for BET, along with Regina King, and Roger Bobb.
Reina King (sister of Regina) is executive producing; Actress/writer Crystal Garrett is adapting the novel to screenplay.
Here’s a description of the novel:
Reverend Simon Jackson has always felt destined to lead and he’s done a good job of it, transforming his small Houston church into one of the most respected and renowned in the region. But while the good Reverend’s been busy tending his flock, his family’s gone astray. His nineteen-year-old daughter, Rachel, gives new meaning to “baby mama drama.” Crazy in love with her son’s father, she’s wreaking havoc on the man’s life, even though he’s about to marry another woman. David, Simon’s oldest at twenty-seven, has been spiraling downward ever since a knee injury ended a promising football career. These days he’s seeking solace in drugs — even feeding his habit by stealing church offerings. Blessedly, twenty-three-year-old Jonathan, a college graduate and the apple of Simon’s eye, is poised to take his father’s side as associate pastor — or so everyone thinks. Loretta has been a devoted wife to Simon, but she’s beginning to realize that enabling him to give more to the church than to his children was her biggest mistake. As things begin to fall apart and secrets are revealed, will Loretta be able to help her husband reunite their tattered family before it’s too late?
Obviously a lot going on there.
Harris will play Rev Simon Jackson; Naughton will play Rachel; Sanchez will play David; Pennie will play Jonathan; and Rochon will play Loretta.
Shooting begins this month in Atlanta.
If you’ve read the novel, your thoughts on these casting choices?