Oprah to Produce Movie Version of Best-Seller Henrietta Lacks
She’s working with True Blood creator.
Oprah Winfrey will make a film version of the nonfiction best-seller The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, according to HBO.
The book chronicles the experiments performed on Lacks, an impoverished black woman who died of cervical cancer at age 30 in 1951. Although no one asked her permission or told her what was happening, researchers performed experiments on her tumor after she died.
The research led to scientific breakthroughs and a billion-dollar drug industry. Meanwhile, Lacks’ family lived in poverty.
HBO, which will air the film, said that Alan Ball, the creator and executive producer of the hit HBO series True Blood, will work with Oprah on developing the movie for her production company Harpo Studios.
No filming or production date was set. (Huffington Post)