Project will focus on the movement's history and key members.
(September 17, 2009)
*HBO is in development on a film that explores the origins and
inner circle of the 1960s Black Panther movement.
According to Variety, "The Black Panthers" is being written
and helmed by Carl Franklin, who is also one of the directors of
HBO's upcoming epic WWII miniseries "The Pacific."
A number of books are being used as source material for the
project, including the Huey Newton bio "Huey: Spirit of the Panther,"
by onetime Panther chief of staff David Hilliard, along with Keith
Zimmerman and Kent Zimmerman (and with a forward by Newton's widow,
The Elaine Brown autobiography "A Taste of Power: A Black
Woman's Story," about her involvement with the Black Panthers, is
also being used as a reference for the script.
Executive producers include Franklin, Jesse B. Franklin,
Cecil Cox and Craig Rice.