Kerry Washington to Produce “The Mothers” for Warner Bros.


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Warner Bros. has optioned Brit Bennett’s debut novel THE MOTHERS for to produce under her Simpson Street banner along with , the studio announced Thursday.

Bennett will also adapt and executive produce The Mothers, which is described as a surprising story about young love, friendship, a big secret in a small community, and the things that ultimately haunt us most.

The novel was published last October by Riverhead, a division of Penguin, and it went on to become a New York Times bestseller.

Krinsky brought the book to Warner Bros. and Simpson Street after adapting Jandy Nelson’s YA book I’ll Give You the Sun for the studio, whose Julia Spiro and Courtney Freedman will oversee the project.

Simpson Street’s first , the HBO movie Confirmation, earned an Emmy nomination, and The Mothers will be the company’s first feature project for Warner Bros.

Washington, who currently stars on Shonda Rhimes’ hit ABC series Scandal, is coming off Emmy, G‎olden Globe and SAG Award nominations for her portrayal of Anita Hill in Confirmation. She’s represented by , Katherine Atkinson at Washington Square Arts and attorney Gretchen Rush.

Krinsky is currently adapting In a Dark, Dark Wood for New Line. She’s also executive producing Ashley’s War at Fox 2000 and The Grownup at Universal, the latter of which she’s also adapting from the novel by Gillian Flynn. Krinsky is repped by , and attorney Dan Black at Greenberg Traurig.

Born and raised in Southern California, Bennett graduated from Stanford University and later earned her MFA in fiction at the University of Michigan, where she won a Hopwood Award in Graduate Short Fiction as well as the 2014 Hurston/Wright Award for College Writers. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine and The Paris Review. One of the National Book Foundation’s 2016 5 Under 35 honorees, Bennett is repped by on behalf of Julia Kardon of Mary Evans Inc.

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