Fans of the hit series, Underground, may no longer have their favorite show after last week’s cancellation, but series creator Misha Green has other plans in store. Apparently it includes a deal closed with Netflix for the acquisition of a hot speculative script titled Mother which has Green producing with The LEGO Batman Movie producer Roy Lee.
The film is being poised with franchise potential centering on its protaginist in the vein of Luc Besson classics such as Leon: The Professional and Le Femme Nikita. The script went out to buyers last week with Netflix nabbing it in a ticking clock bid with another studio.
There aren’t any casting details or other production info just yet while the film’s announcement comes on the eve of a raft of emerging female-driven action titles, notably Warner Bros.’s Wonder Woman which now has $223 million dollars to its name at the global box office along with plans for a sequel. Green herself will be busy scripting the pilot for Jordan Peele-produced straight-to-series one-hour drama pilot, Lovecraft Country for HBO. (Deadline)
In the premiere episode, “The Macon 7,” written by series creators and executive producers Misha Green and Joe Pokaski and directed by Anthony Hemingway, Noah is determined to escape from the Macon Plantation. After his first attempt to run is disguised as getting lost, despite traveling a route he had been on many times before, he begins to collect crucial information as well as brings together a team of fellow slaves to join him on his next attempt. Meanwhile, Tom (Reed Diamond) and Suzanna Macon (Andrea Frankle), owners of the Macon Plantation, plan a lavish party to celebrate their daughter Mary’s (Mary Duhon) birthday and to launch Tom’s senatorial campaign. John Hawkes (Marc Blucas), a frustrated abolitionist lawyer, is approached about joining the group coordinating the Underground Railroad activities, but he and his wife Elizabeth (Jessica de Gouw) are hesitant to become involved. A tragic event on the plantation and a desire to see life beyond the main house walls, motivates house servant Rosalee (Jurnee Smollett-Bell) to consider joining the other runners. During his travels just beyond the Macon Plantation, August Pullman (Christopher Meloni) hides a runaway slave from patrolling bounty hunters, but his intentions are unclear; and Noah finds himself at odds with Cato (Alano Miller), the plantation’s cunning slave driver.