1973 novel by Toni Morrison Sula is being developed as a limited series at HBO. The drama is created and written by Shannon M. Houston (station eleven) as part of its overall agreement with the network.
Sula follows two black women, Nel Wright and Sula Peace, from childhood to adulthood. They both grew up in the same little neighborhood in Ohio called The Bottom. But Sula and Nel choose two very different paths to womanhood when they grow up. Sula chooses to break free from The Bottom, living a more intellectually and sexually free life than anyone in the town she is moving to. Nel remains in The Bottom, opting for a life of marriage, motherhood, and being a leader in her community. Each of the women eventually comes to terms with the consequences of their choices and what their friendship meant to their lives.
Houston will also serve as executive producer on the series, along with Stephanie Allain and her production company, Homegrown Pictures, per Deadline. Homegrown has a first deal with Warner Bros. Television and HBO. Gabrielle Ebron is also an executive producer for Homegrown.
Houston, writer, poet and critic, was a writer on Hulu’s the Imminent tower and Small fires everywherePrime Video Back homeHBO Lovecraft Countryand HBO Max station eleven. She was also a producer on station eleven and Small fires everywhere, in addition to writing the poems for the series directed by Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon. In 2020, Allain became the first black woman to produce the Oscars. Her Homegrown Pictures is dedicated to producing stories by and about women and people of color. She produced Dear Whites, Bustle and flow, Juanitaand more.
Morrison was a Pulitzer Prize and Nobel Prize winning author. She won a Pulitzer Prize for the 1987 novel Beloved and in 1993 became the first black woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Morrison was born in Lorain, Ohio. She died on August 5, 2019 at age 88.
SulaFirst limited series, TBA, HBO