Kasi Lemmons

*”Eve’s Bayou” helmer Kasi Lemmons will adapt and direct “On Beauty,” based on the Booker Prize-nominated novel by Zadie Smith.

The book has been described as an academic comedy of manners, focusing on the story of two families with different but increasingly intertwined lives, race and sexual politics. It’s also been called a modern day “Howard’s End,” which was an inspiration for the author, reports Deadline.com.

Lemmons, who has also directed “Talk To Me” with Don Cheadle and “The Caveman’s Valentine” with Samuel L. Jackson, is developing at Fox Searchlight an adaptation of Langston Hughes’s gospel play Black Nativity.

The film will be developed as a coproduction between Carol Polakoff Productions, Ruby Films and Film4.