Universal Attaches Viola Davis, “Girls Trip” Helmer Malcolm D. Lee to Terry McMillan’s “I Almost Forgot About You”


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Pictures has won a competitive auction for the rights to ’s bestselling novel I Almost Forgot About You, and they’ve quickly set it up as a vehicle for Oscar winner (Fences) and Girls Trip director , who has an overall deal with the .

McMillan’s novel was picked up by the Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley in May, and they will be producing the film along with Davis and her husband Julius Tennon through their JuVee Productions and Lee’s Blackmailed Productions.  VP Sara Scott will oversee with Blackmaled’s Melanie Clark.

(Rain Man) will co-write the screenplay with McMillan, the two of them having collaborated on adapting McMillan’s previous novels, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale. (Both of those movies were huge box office hits.)  McMillan’s latest novel was published by Crown, and it became another bestseller, so it will be the fifth novel of hers to be adapted into a movie.

In the movie, Davis will play Georgia Young, a divorced optometrist who hasn’t felt a romantic spark in a while, and she decides to change her life by going on a “wild journey of self-discovery,” which includes with former lovers.

McMillan appeared as herself in Lee’s hit comedy Girls Trip, so the two of them already have a connection, while Lee is finishing up the comedy Night School for , which will co-star Girls Trip‘s breakout star Tiffany Haddish and Kevin Hart.

Davis is repped by with manager Estelle Lasher and Lichter Grossman. Lee is with and Moonves, while the Jackal Group is repped by . McMillan is repped by and the Friedrich Agency while Bass is with ICM , The and .

The Tracking Board has confirmed this story, which was initially reported by Deadline.

 Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor

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