Tyler Perry has been cast as the lead in HBO’s upcoming biopic of African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, believed to have directed more than 40 features between 1919 and 1948, working outside the confines of Hollywood due to racism and discrimination.
Perry will executive produce the project, but not direct. Charles Murray (“Sons of Anarchy,” History Channel’s “Roots” reboot) is penning the script based on film historian Patrick McGilligan’s 2007 biography “Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of America’s First Black Filmmaker.”
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (NBC’s live musical franchise) are executive producing the project for Sony Pictures TV through their Storyline Entertainment banner.
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TYLER PERRY TO PLAY PIONEERING BLACK FILMMAKER OSCAR MICHEAUX IN HBO BIOPIC was originally published on praisecleveland.com