Regina King To Helm ‘Bitter Root’ Film Adaptation

by Erik Amaya

Regina King is continuing her associations with comics.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the One Night in Miami director will helm an adaptation of Image Comics’ Bitter Root for Legendary Entertainment. The comic book by David F. Walker, Sanford Greene and Chuck Brown is set during the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and focuses on a family of monster hunters whose star has faded in recent years, but are still the best hope against a new wave of monsters feeding off the prejudice, spite, and bigotry permeating New York City. The remaining members of the family must put aside their differences — and different philosophies of monster-hunting — to hold the line against the creatures. Bryan Edward Hill is currently at work on a new draft of the script.

King will also produce the film alongside Reina King, Ryan Coogler, Zinzi Coogler, and Sev Ohanian. Walker, Green and Brown will serve as executive producers, as will Sean Owolo.

The director previously starred in HBO’s ambitious Watchmen series which left viewers wondering if her character had inherited Dr. Manhattan’s powers. Now that King is position herself as an important filmmaker, it’s clear she at least obtained the ability to create worlds.

Legendary picked up the rights to Bitter Root in 2019, so King’s arrival on the project may suggest a fast track to production. It also suggests she may no longer be in the running to direct the upcoming Black-focused Superman project at Warner Bros. Last week, THR also reported she was among the names bandied about to take on the job.

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