HBO is developing a drama series based on the play and film, Lackawanna Blues.
Based on Ruben Santiago-Hudson's autobiographical one-man play, it explores Santiago-Hudson's experience growing up in the early 1960s in Lackawanna, N.Y., amid a thriving black community in that Great Lakes city under the care of a large, maternal woman everyone calls Nanny (S. Epatha Merkerson). The Hollywood Reporter notes it is not clear whether Halle Berry, who also served as an executive producer on the film, will be involved in the series project.
Merkerson has not been approached to reprise her role, which garnered her Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG awards. Terrence Howard, Mos Def, Macy Gray, Jimmy Smits and Liev Schreiber also starred in the film; no word if they'll take on the Lackawanna BluesTV show.