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Winfrey eyeing 'Paradise' miniseries

(Posted August 1, 2005 by Leah Yoakum)

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films has settled on Toni Morrison's 1998 novel "Paradise" as its next TV movie adaptation for ABC, sources said.

They stressed that deals are still in the process of being hammered out for the principals on the project, which is eyed as a four-hour miniseries. Darnell Martin is attached to pen the screenplay adaptation as well as to direct, they added; earlier this year, she directed Halle Berry in ABC's Emmy-nominated TV movie "Oprah Winfrey Presents: Their Eyes Were Watching God."

"Paradise," the first novel Morrison published after winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993, revolves around the murder of several woman by a group of black men from a small town of Ruby, Okla. That story line is set in 1976, but the novel goes back in time more than 100 years to trace the turbulent history of the town and its predominantly black population.

Reps for ABC and Harpo Films could not be reached for comment during the weekend.

By Cynthia Littleton

Source: ABC News

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