‘Fatherhood’ Producers Reassemble for ‘Blackout’ on Netflix – Deadline


In the wake of the success of Kevin Hart’s feature film Paternity on Netflix, the producers of this film, Higher Ground and Temple Hill, are collaborating once again with the streaming giant for a new project called Blackout, a film and television event that will be adapted from six different black love stories written by six different writers.

These scribes are Dhonielle Clayton (Little pretty things), Tiffany D. Jackson (Allegedly), Pierre Nic (Dear Martin), Angie Thomas (The hate you give), Ashley Woodfolk (The beauty that remains) and Nicola Yoon (Absolutely everything). Blackout is developed under Higher Ground’s global agreement with Netflix.

From the perspective of 12 teens with six love shots, Blackout unfolds as a heat wave blankets New York City in darkness and causes electrical mayhem. When the lights go out and people reveal hidden truths, love blossoms, friendships transform, and all possibilities take flight. Ex-couple must bury their rivalry
and walk along Manhattan back to Brooklyn in time to throw a block party. Two girls search for a lost photo and find something more. Two boys trapped in the subway come face to face with their feelings. A pair of best friends stuck in the NYPL and surrounded by love stories find out if there is one in their future. A trio of traveling senior children take control of a double-decker sightseeing bus as they try to have a little fun… and work on their messy love triangle. Two strangers debate the philosophical nature of identity and wonder if they can find something else between them.

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Clayton is the New York Times bestselling author of The pretty series and co-author of the Little pretty things duology (now a Netflix Original Series). She is the COO of the nonprofit We Need Diverse Books and co-founder of CAKE Literary, a creative cuisine that cooks up decadent and diverse literary confections for intermediate-level fiction readers, young adults and adults. women. Clayton is represented by Molly Ker Hawn of the Bent Agency for her work as an individual and UTA.

Jackson is the critically acclaimed author of YA novels, including the NAACP Image Award-nominated Allegedly; Monday does not arrive, winner of the Walter Dean Myers Honored Book Award and Coretta Scott King New Talent Award; and Let me hear a rhyme. His most recent novel Cultivated was released last September. Jackson is replaced by Jenny Bent of the Bent Agency and UTA.

The stone is the New York Times– bestselling author of Dear Martin, Odd One Out, JackPot, and Clean getaway. Stone is represented by Mollie Glick at CAA.

Thomas worked with Temple Hill which turned her into number 1 New York Times bestselling 20th Century Fox movie The hate you give starring Amandla Stenberg and directed by George Tillman, Jr. Her second novel, To come up, is in development at Paramount, while his next novel, Concrete Pink, hit the shelves in January. She is the first recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Grant 2015, awarded by We Need Diverse Books. She is replaced by Molly Ker Hawn of the Bent Agency and UTA.

Woodfolk’s first novel is The beauty that remains, and When you were everything is his second novel. Woodfolk is represented by Beth Phelan of Gallt and Zacker Literary Agency and UTA.

Yoon is # 1 New York Times– bestselling author of Absolutely everything and The sun is also a star. She is a finalist for the National Book Award, winner of the Michael L. Printz Honor Book and winner of the Coretta Scott King New Talent Award. Both of his novels have been made into major films. Yoon is represented by Jodi Reamer at Writers House and Anonymous Content.

Higher Ground’s list of upcoming films includes Rustin, the story of gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, who organized the 1963 March on Washington, led by George C. Wolfe; West exit based on the critically acclaimed novel by Mohsin Hamid; Satellite a science fiction film written by Ola Shokunbi. In addition, High Ground should feature Value, with Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci. Higher Ground also offers a range of fiction, non-fiction, and children’s and family content through both series, feature films and podcasts. The series include: Ada Twist, scientist; Daughter of the Fire Guardian, a series based on the first novel by Angeline Boulley; Large national parks, a natural history documentary series that will explore some of the most wonderful national parks and wild spaces on the planet and The G word starring Adam Conover, a hybrid comedy series hosted by Adam Conover (Adam ruins everything) based on The fifth risk: undoing democracy by best-selling author Michael Lewis (The big court, Moneyball).

UTA negotiated the deal on behalf of the authors and Temple Hill.

Paternity debuted as No.1 movie on Netflix in 82 countries and is expected to be viewed in 61 million homes within its first four weeks. Netflix has conceded the worldwide rights (excluding China) for Paternity from Sony; the family drama directed by Paul Weitz originally slated for a theatrical release before the pandemic strikes.


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