Lawrence Hill’s best-selling 2007 novel is getting the longform TV treatment, with Conquering Lion Pictures, Out Of Africa Entertainment and Entertainment One prepping the story as a miniseries. Production on The Book Of Negroes — which was published in some territories including the U.S. as Someone Knows My Name — will begin in the fall on the project written Clement Virgo and Hill. It will air stateside on BET and on CBC in Canada. The story centers on Aminata Diallo, who is taken by slave traders from West Africa to South Carolina. It follows her through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the jungles of Sierra Leone, before she ultimately secures her freedom in England in the early 1800s. Produced in association with Canadian Broadcasting Company and Black Entertainment Television, the Canada-South Africa co-production is executive produced by Damon D’Oliveira, Virgo, Lance Samuels, Daniel Iron, Michael Levine and Carrie Stein. eOne is handling the worldwide rights.
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