Brit Bennett‘s debut novel has wowed book lovers and Hollywood alike for its focus on a big secret in a small black community.
So much so that Warner Bros. has optioned The Mothers and attached Kerry Washington as a producer under the Simpson Street company. Bennett will also write the script, which was published last October by Riverbed, a division of Penguin.
While it is too early to cast, the project does sound like a dramatic picture that will be right up many cinephiles’ aisle. The Mothers explores young love, friendship, and loss centered on Nadia, a black teen who, while grieving her mother’s suicide, starts a relationship with the son of the town’s pastor, and becomes pregnant.
Those and other choices made by the main character not only affect her own life but the lives of her friends.
Kerry Washington will produce with Natalie Krinsky, who wrote I’ll Give You the Sun for Warner Bros. Simpson Street’s first production, HBO’s Confirmation, earned Kerry Washington an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nomination for her portrayal of Anita Hill. The Mothers also marks the first feature project for the company for Warner Brothers.