On the heels of the 2011 documentary Gloria – In Her Own Words, HBO is revisiting the life and career of feminist icon Gloria Steinem with Ms., a miniseries that would star Oscar winner Marisa Tomei as the journalist and social activist. George Clooney, his producing partner Grant Heslov and Bruce Cohen executive produce the project, now in development, which is toplined/exec produced by Tomei and Kathy Najimy. The mini takes a look at the creation of Ms. Magazine in 1971 through the eyes of the the woman who co-founded and ran it, Steinem (Tomei), and her best friend, member of the US House of Representatives Bella Abzug (Najimy). The project also will reflect on those whose lives Ms. changed during the world-altering early days of the Women’s Movement. Steinem serves as consultant.
Ms. expands HBO’s relation with Tomei, who just inked a first-look development deal with the pay cable network to develop, produce and possibly star in projects.
Tomei, repped by Untitled Entertainment, CAA and Jackoway Tyerman, can be seen in Ira Sachs’ Love Is Strange, which was nominated for 4 Independent Spirit Awards, as well as The Rewrite, opposite Hugh Grant. She is in production on Love, The Coopers alongside Diane Keaton and Olivia Wilde, and has a cameo role in Judd Apatow’s upcoming film, Trainwreck.
Najimy has a relationship with HBO — she has been recurring on the network’s comedy Veep.