Deadline is exclusively reporting that writer-director Channing Godfrey Peoples has signed a first-look deal with UCP to write, produce and direct projects for the studio and, as part of the deal, Peoples is developing a series adaptation of her critically praised film Miss Juneteenth.
The film focuses on Turqoise Jones, a single mother and former winner of the local Miss Juneteenth pageant. While the other former Miss Juneteenth winners have gone on to have successful careers, Turqoise’s education was halted by the birth of her daughter Kai. Making ends meet by working as a beautician at a mortuary as well as at a bar, Turqoise enters Kai into the same pageant despite her daughter’s lack of enthusiasm.
UCP President, Beatrice Springborn, released a statement saying:
Channing is a filmmaker and storyteller who makes modern, diverse, topical stories, with an extra dose of visual sophistication. We loved the contemporary lens she brought to Miss Juneteenth in not only exploring, but celebrating what it means to be Black, young, and female. We are thrilled to partner with her to bring that vision, passion and immense talent to UCP.
Channing Godfrey Peoples also released a statement saying:
I am beyond excited to partner with UCP to create specific narratives that amplify culturally rich characters rarely seen and stories rarely told – with a focus on Black women. I immediately felt a synergy with the team at UCP and I look forward to telling stories with them that are rooted in the human condition. I am grateful to have the support of an organisation that shares this mission.
Miss Juneteenth was released in 2020, premiering at Sundance Film Festival, and to date has a perfect critic score on Rotten Tomatoes (100%) with over one-hundred reviews. The film starred Nicole Beharie, Alexis Chikaeze, Kendrick Sampson, Alexis Chikaeze, Liz Mikel, Marcus Mauldin, Jaime Matthis, Lori Hayes, Akron Watson, Phyllis Cicero and Lisha Hackney.