*Codeblack Films has picked up the movie rights to “Angela Davis: An Autobiography” with plans to develop an authorized biopic of the prominent civil rights activist, reports Variety.
The untitled film will be produced by Nina Yang Bongiovi, whose credits include “Fruitvale Station” and “Dope.” Sidra Smith, a producer on the 2012 documentary “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners,” and Codeblack Enterprises CEO Jeff Clanagan will also serve as producers on the project.
Davis, 72, will serve as executive producer along with her niece Eisa Davis, who is also writing the script. Eisa Davis was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play “Bulrusher.” She also wrote and starred in the play “Angela’s Mixtape.”
According to Variety, Codeblack acquired theatrical rights in early 2013 to “Free Angela and All Political Prisoners” and partnered with BET Networks for a theatrical release. The documentary, which debuted at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival, focused on Davis being implicated in murder, kidnapping and conspiracy in connection with the Marin County Courthouse hostage-taking in 1970. She was acquitted two years later.