Having already starred in the Broadway adaptation of one of his many plays (Fences), Denzel Washington has announced that he has brokered a deal to bring August Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle Series to life. The title for the series of plays refers to their setting: each one takes place in a different decade of the 20th Century. Per Shadow and Act:
Washington just revealed that he’s inked a deal with HBO that will see him bring to the screen, Wilson’s American Century Cycle series, which consists of 10 plays portraying the 20th century African American experience, from the early 1900s, just after slavery and the Civil War, to the 1990s, which saw a large and increasingly influential black middle class still having to contend with persistent racial tensions. Washington shared that the deal with HBO will see him produce all 10 plays for the cable TV network, 1 a year, for the next 10 years, starting, of course, with “Fences,” which he said he’ll be directing next spring (2016).
In the meanwhile, Washington’s next, and inevitable, blockbuster movie will be the Antoine Fuqua-helmed remake of The Magnificent Seven.