Though Denzel Washington isn’t known for his television work, the Academy Award-winning actor has announced he will return to the stage (and the director’s chair) on the small screen in the upcoming HBO production of August Wilson’s “Fences.” But the news doesn’t stop there.
Washington has also revealed that he will executive produce all 10 of the Pulitzer-winning playwright’s works for HBO. The network has plans to roll out one film a year. In addition to “Fences,” Wilson’s plays include “Radio Golf,” “King Hedley II,” “Jitney,” “Two Trains Running,” “Seven Guitars,” “The Piano Lesson,” “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Joe Turner’s Come and Gone” and “Gem of the Ocean.” “Fences” follows the story follows a former baseball athlete struggling to provide for his family after being denied entrance to the Major Leagues due to discrimination.
“I’m really excited that [the estate] would put that in my hands and trust me,” Washington said of the development. “That’s good enough for me. It doesn’t get any better than that.”
No official date has been set for the HBO premiere of “Fences.”