In September 2015, it was announced that Denzel Washington would be bringing August Wilson’s 20th Century Cycle Series to the big screen. The title for the series of plays refers to their setting: each one takes place in a different decade of the 20th Century. Variety is reporting that the first film, Fences, has an official release date:
Paramount has given an awards-season December release to Denzel Washington’s “Fences” with a limited opening in New York and Los Angeles on Dec. 16 and a wide release on Dec. 25. Paramount announced in April that Washington would star in and direct a movie version of August Wilson’s “Fences” with Viola Davis on board to star. Both actors won Tonys for their performance in the 2010 Broadway revival of “Fences,” which was first performed in 1985. Bron Creative and Macro are producing the movie with Washington, based on Wilson’s screen adaptation of his Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Fences centers on a former baseball phenom, and his tumultuous relationship with his family. Washington’s next film before the release of Fences will be the Antoine Fuqua helmed The Magnificent Seven.