Regina King to Direct Adaptation of Harlem Renaissance Comic Series ‘Bitter Root’

Regina King Attends the Golden Globe Awards (Credit: Shutterstock)

Regina King is going back to calling the shots as director of a feature film adaptation of Harlem Renaissance comics series “Bitter Root.”

King will also produce the film for Legendary Pictures alongside producers Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler and Sev Ohanian of Proximity Media, according to Variety.

The hit Image Comics series is set in the 1920s, when the Harlem Renaissance is in full swing, and only the Sangerye Family can save New York—and the world—from the supernatural forces threatening to destroy humanity. But after being torn apart by tragedies and conflicting moral codes, the Sangerye Family must heal the wounds of the past and move beyond their differences.

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The original creators of the “Bitter Root” comics — David F. Walker, Sanford Green and Chuck Brown will co-executive produce the film with Drapetomedia’s Sean Owolo. Bryan Edward Hill is currently working on the screenplay for the movie

King’s work on the film follows her directorial debut on One Night in Miami, which earned her an historic Golden Globe nomination for best director this year. She ended up losing out to Chloé Zhao, who won both the Golden Globe and Oscar for directing Nomadland.

Casting details for the film will be announced at a later date.