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 neighbourhood 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 focus 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.
Jasmine Cephas Jones will be reprising the role of Ashley and will also serve as producer on the series, while Rafael Casal will be recurring as Miles, as well as serve as showrunner on the half-hour dramedy.
Rafael Casal and Daveed Diggs, who wrote, produced and starred in the 2018 film, released a statement saying:
Let us put you up on game, bruh. No description will encompass the complexity of a ‘Blindspotting’ series, ya dig? So just get juiced, cuz’ it stars Jasmine Cephas Jones, it’s set in Oakland and we’re making it, so it’s lightweight finna to be hella good and the soundtrack will indeed slap. Oh Boy.
Christina Davis, President of Original Programming at Starz, released a statement saying:
Rafael, Daveed and Jasmine created a beautiful film that we believe will translate perfectly into a compelling series for Starz. This provocative and powerful narrative couldn’t be more timely, and in picking up the story from Ashley’s perspective, we will be able to shine a light on so many of the important social issues that the characters and the audience continue to grapple with.
Kevin Beggs, Lionsgate Television Group Chairman, added:
We’re proud to continue our relationship with such an incredibly talented creative team and excited to expand the world of Blindspotting into a television series. This is the type of bold, electrifying and impactful premium content that resonates with Starz audiences and we can’t wait to bring it to the screens.
Jess Wu Calder and Keith Calder will serve as executive producers on the project under the Snoot Entertainment banner alongside Emily Gerson Saines, Ken Lee, and Tim Palen of Barnyard Projects. Starz SVP of Original Programming, Kathryn Tyus-Adair, is the executive overseeing the series on behalf of the network, with Maggie Leung overseeing on behalf of Lionsgate.