Amma Asante is set to tell another story based on real events. The UK director and Bill have signed a series adapted from David Kushner’s best-selling book, Levittown: Two Families, One Entrepreneur, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in America’s Legendary Suburb, and will be directed by a pilot. Independent studio wiip chose the rights to the book and is collaborating with The Gotham Group to develop it as a limited series, Deadline reports.
The book tells the true account of the explosive events that occurred when the first African-American family moved to the only white suburb of Levittown, in Pennsylvania. While the horrific conflict that has raged would transform an entire nation, Levittown is at its core a tale of three families: the Levits family, second-generation immigrants who transformed real estate titans into an empire fueled by corrupt ingenuity and rivalry between brothers; The family of Wechslers, Jewish social activists and Levittown residents struggling with their Communist past, the Myers family, a humble teacher and veteran WWII husband whose simple desire to find a bigger home to raise two children with another kid on the way will give her rise to a powerful national movement and win Daisy Myers The nickname “Rosa Parks of the North” according to her summary.
If the series begins to pay off, Asante will serve as both show and directing product.
Asante won the Carl Foreman Award for Best Most Promising Newcomer at the 2005 BAFTA Awards for her long-running debut, the new drama “A Way of Life.” Her most recent credits include the episodes “Mrs. America” and “The Handmaid’s Tale”.
Next up for Asante is ‘A billion dollar spy’ An autobiography of the most important Pentagon spy filmed during the final years of the Cold War.