Kerry Washington is on board to produce the Warner Bros. adaptation of Brit Bennett’s debut novel and New York Times bestseller, The Mothers.

Washington will produce under the Simpson Street Banner, alongside Natalie Krinsky. Bennett will write the script and executive produce.

Originally published in October 2016 by Riverhead, a division of Penguin, The Mothers is a story about young love, friendship, a big secret in a small community, and the things that ultimately haunt us most. At this time, Washington is just producing the project.

Krinsky, who also wrote the YA adaptation of I’ll Give You the Sun for Warner Bros., brought the book to the studio and Simpson Street. Julia Spiro and Courtney Freedman are overseeing the project for Warner Bros.

Last year, Washington signed an overall deal with ABC Studios for her newly launched production company Simpson Street (named after the street where Washington’s mom grew up in the Bronx).  Under the two-year agreement, Simpson Street will develop broadcast, cable and digital projects exclusively for ABC Studios and ABC Signature.  Washington is also executive producing ABC drama project Patrol, about four female LAPD officers.  Simpson Street’s first movie was the HBO film Confirmation, in which Washington starred as attorney and academic Anita Hill, and she is currently developing the upcoming TriStar film, The Perfect Mother and will produce Universal’s ‘City Of Saints & Thieves’.

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