*This year’s Tony Award nominated Broadway revival hit The Trip to Bountiful is currently in production in Atlanta for a television adaptation to premiere on Lifetime in 2014.
The film stars original cast members Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams who are joined by Blair Underwood in Cuba Gooding Jr.’s old role and Keke Palmer replacing Condola Rashad, the network announced today. Tyson also serves as an executive producer.
The play’s director, Michael Wilson, will make his television directorial debut with this project.
Author Horton Foote’s “The Trip to Bountiful,” set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, tells of one woman’s quest to reconnect with her past in order to ensure her family’s future.
Carrie Watts (Tyson) begrudgingly lives with her busy, overprotective son, Ludie (Underwood) and her snooty daughter-in-law, Jessie Mae (Williams). No longer able to drive and forbidden to travel alone, she wishes for freedom from the confines of the house and begs her son to take her on a visit to her hometown of Bountiful. When he refuses, Mrs. Watts is undeterred and makes an escape to the local bus station, where she befriends Thelma (Palmer), a young woman traveling home. When Ludie and Jessie Mae discover she is gone, they call in law enforcement to help, but Mrs. Watts is one step ahead of them and convinces the local sheriff to help her on her journey home to Bountiful.
The Trip to Bountiful closed its triumphant Broadway run on October 9.