Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to Terry McMillan’s bestseller I Almost Forgot About You.  The film adaptation of the bestseller will star Academy Award winning actress Viola Davis and will be directed by Girls Trip director Malcolm D. Lee.

Davis will play Georgia Young, a twice-divorced, successful optometrist. Despite a life, full of great friends and family, she hasn’t felt a romantic spark in awhile, and feeling bored and restless. She decides it’s time to change, and goes on a wild journey of self-discovery, reuniting with old lovers, and getting a brand new lease on life. Published by Crown, the book was a big bestseller, as is usual for McMillan, whose Disappearing Acts (HBO) and A Day Late And A Dollar Short (Lifetime) were also adapted by Hollywood.

Ron Bass, the Oscar winning writer of Rain Man and My Best Friend’s Wedding, will write the script with McMillan. They teamed on two other McMillan novel feature adaptations, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting To Exhale. Those films fueled strong vehicles for Angela Bassett, and Whitney Houston, Bassett, Loretta Devine and Lela Rochon. Now, Davis gets her turn.

Davis, her husband and JuVee Productions partner Julius Tennon will be producing the project alongside Gail Berman,  Joe Earley, and Lee through his production banner Blackmaled Productions.

JuVee Productions was launched in 2012 and is based in Los Angeles. The company develops and produces independent film, television, theater, and digital content across all platforms and seeks to produce economical yet premium, sophisticated, and character-driven stories. Its emphasis is on producing narratives from a diverse range of emerging and established voices with a mission to become the go-to creative hub where the next generation of filmmakers and artists have the space to craft dynamic stories spanning the broad spectrum of humanity.

JuVee’s most recent project is the courtroom drama Custody which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2016, and recently aired on the Lifetime network. Its short film Night Shift premiered at this past Sundance Film Festival continues to tour the film festival circuit.

The production company’s upcoming project is the film adaptation of The Personal History of Rachel DuPree which Viola Davis is also starring in; a biopic on Barbara Jordan (the first Southern African American woman elected to the United States House of Representatives), with also Davis also starring; and a TV period series at ABC titled The Zipcoders, set in 1968, about a group of black teenagers form a rock ‘n’ roll band who aspire to be like The Beatles; and there’s also Davis’ Harriet Tubman film with HBO.

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