In a story from The Hollywood Reporter, Oprah Winfrey is teaming up with Alan Ball to produce an HBO film that is based on the nonfiction bestseller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

The network said Wednesday that Ball, creator and executive producer of HBO's True Blood, is going to develop the project with Winfrey and her studio, Harpo Films.

Written by Rebecca Skloot, the film tells the true tale of Henrietta Lacks. She was a poor black woman who died of cervical cancer in 1951. Then, "without her consent, pieces of the tumor that killed her were removed and used for medical exploration and to build a billion-dollar research industry."

Presently, no production schedule or air date for the HBO film was announced.

Evan Jacobs