Showtime Orders TV Reboot Of Classic 90s Black Film

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Fans of the classic 90s film The Wood will be excited to know a TV series based on the movie is on the way. 

Showtime announced Tuesday (August 24) that they ordered a pilot of the TV reboot from Justin Hillian and Rick Famuyiwa, who delivered the original coming-of-age rom-com classic to screens. According to Deadline, Hillian will write the script for the series and executive produce alongside Famuyiwa who co-wrote and directed the film. 

The series will take “an honest look at friendship and dating from the perspective of three young Black males born and raised in the gentrifying LA suburb of Inglewood,” the outlet reported.

The series will “nod back” to the film’s three characters, Mike, Roland, and Slim, played by Omar Epps, Taye Diggs, and Richard T. Jones, respectively. The TV series is set in the present day, so the trio of friends will have to balance fatherhood, social media, and the changing dynamics of their friendships and dating lives.

Famuyiwa’s other notable, award-winning projects include Dope, Brown Sugar, and Our Family Wedding, to name a few.

Hillian serves as the showrunner on The Chi since the series premiered on Showtime, and earned a Black Reel Awards nomination for Outstanding Writing – Drama Series for his work on Snowfall

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