EXCLUSIVE— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) January 15, 2021
Tessa Thompson (@TessaThompson_x) is moving into production in a major way with a new production company, a first-look deal at @HBO and #HBOMax and exec producing two big book adaptations – Who Fears Death and The Secret Lives of Church Ladieshttps://t.co/kcePtv1RTS
Deadline exclusively reports that Tessa Thompson had launched her new production company, Via Maude, with WarnerMedia.
The deal includes a two year first look deal with HBO and HBOMAX. Thompson will be the executive producer on two book adaptations: Who Fears Death and The Secret Lives of Church Ladies.
In a statement to Deadline, Thompson said:
“I’m beyond thrilled to officially launch my production company, Viva Maude, which has been a real passion project and labour of love over the last few years. I’m elated to begin this partnership and to bring entertaining and impactful television projects to my friends and collaborators at HBO and HBO Max.” Thompson added that their goal is to bring “interesting and inclusive stories” with inventive and new creators.
The Secret Lives of Church Ladies author
"Thompson will exec produce with author Philyaw, who is also writing the adaptation." 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 https://t.co/n7cBOgMO5b— Deesha Philyaw (@DeeshaPhilyaw) January 15, 2021
Who Fears Death author Dr. Nnedi Okorafor:
Note:— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) January 15, 2021
Since I’m always a stickler for key details and accuracy, WHO FEARS DEATH is set in a post-apocalyptic Central Africa, not North Africa.