Harriet Tubman is having a moment, nearly two hundred years after she was born. Last week we learned her likeness will appear on the new $20 bill, her New York home could become a national park, and Viola Davis is also working on a film project about Tubman for HBO. Now, the abolitionist’s life is getting the big screen treatment too.
Producer Charles D. King, who worked his way up from the mailroom to the executive suite at WME, has teamed up with fellow producer Debra Martin Chase, director Seith Mann and writer Gregory Allen Howard for Harriet, a biopic on the former slave who led hundreds to freedom.
Born in 1820, Tubman escaped enslavement in 1849, fleeing to Philadelphia. Despite having a bounty on her head, Tubman returned to the South to help her family, and later hundreds of others, move North. During the Civil War, Tubman became a nurse and spy for the Union Army, and spearheaded the charge to lead even more enslaved Black Americans to freedom.
Harriet is expected to begin production in early 2017.