Viola Davis and her husband Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions have officially acquired the rights to Shantrelle P. Little’s 2017 book, Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style. They will be adapting this book into a docuseries.

Inspired by the book and its curated collection of photographs and stories, Dandy Lions will chart the history of the Black Dandy fashion and style movement and its increased attention in recent years, with the popularity of social media platforms such as Street Etiquette, and celebrities like Jidenna, Amar’e Stoudemire and Janelle Monae. The book was published by Aperture in 2017 to solid reviews.

Characterized by outfits that pop with brilliant colors, loud patterns and tailored precision, the movement has continued over many generations in black cultures around the world to become a recognizable aesthetic; but the story of Black Dandyism’s political roots, which originate in Enlightenment England’s slavery culture, represents a less well-known aspect of its story. Set today against the backdrop of hip hop culture that involves socially relevant conversations around police brutality, gender and more, Dandy Lions will explore how, as author Lewis puts it, “for black men, fashion choices can be a matter of life and death.”

“This project looks at how men dress in the Dandy style across the world and how they influence culture through a powerful positive lens,” said Davis and Tennon.

JuVee currently has a 7-hour documentary series in development at ABC titled, Last Defense, and Davis will be joining forces with Black Panther star Lupita Nyong’o in The Woman King for TriStar Pictures.