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Steve McQueen Will Adapt 1980s TV series ‘Widows’ for His Next Feature Film (Watch The Series Now)

Steve McQueen Will Adapt 1980s TV series 'Widows' for His Next Feature Film (Watch The Series Now)

It’s Steve McQueen week here on S&A!

On the heels of news that he’s teamed up with Harry Belafonte to produce a film based on the life of the great Paul Robeson, the revered filmmaker/artist has also re-teamed with his “12 Years a Slave” producer and financier New Regency, for a big screen adaptation of the British TV seriesWidows,” which aired in 1983, and told the story the widows of 3 crime bosses
killed during a robbery attempt, who are being pressured by the police, as well as a rival group of thieves intent on taking
over their husbands’ crime business, and all that the widows do in reaction to, and to eliminate both problems, including bringing on a 4th woman and pulling off a heist of their own.

In the original, the 3 widows are played by white actresses, but the 4th woman who’s enlisted, was played by a black actress in Eva Mottley (photo at left).

McQueen’s adaptation will be a feature film, not a TV series, and set in the U.S.A., but no word on casting yet – specifically, whether the racial make-up of the original will transfer, or whether McQueen will deviate from the original. According to THR, it will be his follow-up to “12 Years a Slave,” not the Paul Robeson project, with shooting eyed for next year.

The producers of the Oscar-winning “The King’s Speech,” will co-produce alongside McQueen.

McQueen is in very rare air right now – a black filmmaker, universally loved and respected, across all racial and ethnic boundaries, who is in a position to do almost anything he wants to do for his next project, as the world awaits in anticipation to learn what exactly that will be. He’s currently developing a series for HBO, and, as already noted, plans to direct a feature film on the life of Paul Robeson.

I’m not at all familiar with the original “Widows” TV series, but I did find several episodes in full, on YouTube, so you can check them all out if you’re interested. I certainly will at some point. Below you’ll find season 1, episode 1, 2 and 3 of the series:

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