*It seems Hollywood can’t get enough of films showing African Americans in subservient roles.
Warner Bros. has just picked up the rights to Julie Kibler’s book “Calling Me Home,” described as a cross between “Driving Miss Daisy” and “The Help,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Kibler’s debut novel, inspired by events in her family, revolves around the relationship between an 89-year-old woman named Isabelle McAllister and her hairdresser, a black single mother named Dorrie Curtis.
McAllister enlists Curtis’ help to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. Along the way, McAllister reveals the secrets of her past, in which she fell in love with the black son of her family’s housekeeper to tragic consequences. The book alternates between the present and the late 1930s.
Home was released Feb. 12, garnering strong reviews from Kirkus and Publishers Weekly.
Warner Bros. and Lee now will seek out a writer to adapt the material.