“Scandal” and “How To Get Away with Murder” executive Producer Shonda Rhimes has recently teamed up with Bessie writer/director Dee Rees. The two ladies will partake in creating a historical drama for FX. Shonda Rhimes is set to produce the new series for FX based on Isabel Wilkerson’s bestselling book, “The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration.”According to sources, this will be the first show that Rhimes has produce a show for cable.
The book chronicles the movement of some 6 million African-Americans from the south into the north and western regions of the country from the period of 1915 to 1970. “Warmth of Other Suns” tells much of the story through the eyes of three characters who made the journey in different decades. Wilkerson, a Pulitzer Prize winner for her work at the New York Times, earned a host of critical kudos for the book.
…Rees is writing the adaptation and exec producing with Shonda Rhimes and Shondaland’s Besty Beers.