Variety is exclusively reporting that Starz is developing a series spinoff of the Lionsgate film Blindspotting, with Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs set to write and executive produce and Jasmine Cephas Jones cast in the lead role, reprising the role of Ashley.
The 2018 film focused on Collin, who must make it through his final three days of probation for a chance at a new beginning. He and his troublemaking childhood best friend, Miles, work as movers and are forced to watch their old neighborhood become a trendy spot in the rapidly gentrifying Bay Area. When a life-altering event causes Collin to miss his mandatory curfew, the two men struggle to maintain their friendship as the changing social landscape exposes their differences.
The series will continue on from the film, focusing primarily on Ashley, who was nipping at the heels of a middle class life in Oakland until Miles, her partner of twelve years and father of their son, is suddenly incarcerated, leaving her to navigate a chaotic and humorous existential crisis when she’s forced to move in with Miles’ mother and half-sister. Her world is turned upside down while the neighbourhood goes inside out, and she must renegotiate her relationship with a town that is caught between two conflicting identities.
Blindspotting is not only my favourite film of 2018, it’s also one of my favourite films of the decade, so I’m definitely interested in seeing how they tell the story further about these characters and the community coming to a crossroads, especially having it told through a different perspective in Ashley.
The half-hour drama-comedy will also be executive produced by Emily Gerson Saines, Ken Lee and Tim Palen of Barnyard Projects.
The film stars Daveed Diggs, Rafael Casal, Janina Gavankar, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Ethan Embry, Tisha Campbell-Martin, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Wayne Knight, Kevin Carroll and Lance Cameron Holloway.