Brooklyn born Doug Ellin, known for creating the HBO Series Entourage, will be producing a Harriet Tubman Biopic. “My childhood friend gave me Kate Clifford Larson’s book,” Doug Ellin says of the 2003 biography, Bound for the Promised Land.
Ellin became fascinated and thought Davis was “the perfect choice” to play Tubman, “so we set-up a lunch and gave her the book. She loved it as well. It’s a personal passion for me because Harriet was so much more than just the Underground Railroad that most associate her with.” Viola Davis says, “I want to be reintroduced to who she really is, other than the woman with the rags on her head who said, “I’ll kill you if you don’t follow the North Star.”
Harriet Tubman is the most widely recognized symbol of the Underground Railroad. When she escaped on September 17, 1849, Tubman was aided by members of the Underground Railroad. To her, freedom felt empty unless she could share it with people she loved so she resolved to go back and rescue friends and family. Harriet was nicknamed “Moses” by abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. The name was used as an analogy to the biblical story of Moses who attempted to lead the Jews to the Promised Land and free them from slavery.
SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter