〉Keith has adapted her novel for the screen.
Oprah Winfrey has signed on to produce the dramedy A RENTED LIFE under her Harpo Films banner. The film is based on the novel by Harpo Films producer and writer Leah Keith, who also penned the screenplay. The story follows an African-American studio executive that is sued for misrepresenting a woman in a film about the Civil Rights Movement. She then must travel to Birmingham Alabama to stand trial, where she falls in love with her lawyer and takes time to re-evaluate her life, causing her to rethink her workaholic Hollywood lifestyle. The novel is a deconstruction of the studio system and how movies play into social events.
Known for her influential television talk show that ran from 1986 to 2011, Winfrey has produced the acclaimed civil rights films Lee Daniels’ The Butler and Selma, both which received Oscar nods. She has previously worked with Daniels on the Oscar winning drama Precious in 2009. She was acclaimed for her role in the Steven Spielberg drama The Color Purple, and has lent her voice to the films Charlotte’s Web and Bee Movie.
Winfrey has a number of upcoming projects on her slate, including producing a musical remake of The Color Purple, and producing the mystery drama The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. With Winfrey bringing poignant and challenging social race topics to audiences, A Rented Life is set to be a strong addition to her cannon.
Winfrey is repped by WME.
Lou Chase | Staff Writer