This is Us writer Kay Oyegun has been tapped to write the biopic of civil rights activist Angela Davis for Lionsgate.
Nina Yang Bongiovi (Dope, Fruitvale Station) and Sidra Smith are set to produce the film with Forest Whitaker and Davis executive producing.
Davis was an assistant professor of UCLA’s philosophy department in the 1960s before being dismissed due to her political affiliation with the US Communist party. In 1970, she was charged with murder, kidnap and criminal conspiracy for her suspected involvement in a courtroom shootout. She was acquitted of all charges. She later returned to academia and wrote books on feminism and race. In 2014, Davis returned to UCLA, who defended her right to teach at the institution when she was first urged to leave. “I never in my wildest imagination would have thought accepting the position here at UCLA would have led to that kind of notoriety,” said Davis. “I wasn’t seeking notoriety. I just wanted to be a teacher and an activist.”
Davis has also published several books, including Women, Race, and Class (1983), Are Prisons Obsolete? (2003), and Freedom is a Constant Struggle (2015).
Oyegun wrote on Ava DuVernay’s OWN series Queen Sugar and is a staff writer on NBC’s hit drama This Is Us. We are definitely excited to see this project come to light!