EAST TEXAS HOTLINKS, Eugene Lee’s 1991 play about a black-only cafe in Jim Crow era East Texas, is coming to the screen thanks to Samuel L. Jackson, who will serve as executive producer. Lee is also set to write the screenplay and direct the adaptation. Rachel Griffin will produce alongside Night Fox’s Timothy Christian and Rab Butler.
The play, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, follows a group of black men and women on a single night in a segregated bar called Top O’ The Hill Cafe. On this fateful night, a betrayal tests the strength and loyalty of the whole community.
Jackson has pushed for the play to be made, and has convinced Z for Zachariah’s Night Fox Entertainment to finance. Filming is scheduled to begin in spring of 2016.
Jackson is repped by ICM and Anonymous Content.
Lance Boyle | Staff Writer