Academy Award winner Viola Davis is set to produce and star in the upcoming Universal Pictures adaptation of the Terry McMillian best-selling novel ‘I Almost Forgot About You’.
Gail Berman and Joe Earley from The Jackal Group (who first acquired the novel) are producing with Davis and her husband and JuVee Productions partner Julius Tennon, as well as Lee under his Blackmaled Productions.
Ron Bass and McMillan (who last teamed on the last film adaptations of her novels, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale) are writing the script.
According to Deadline, Davis will play Georgia Young, a twice-divorced, successful optometrist. Despite a life, full of great friends and family, she hasn’t felt a romantic spark in awhile, and feeling bored and restless. She decides it’s time to change, and goes on a wild journey of self-discovery, reuniting with old lovers, and getting a brand new lease on life. Published by Crown, the book was a big bestseller, as is usual for McMillan, whose Disappearing Acts (HBO) and A Day Late And A Dollar Short (Lifetime) were also adapted by Hollywood.
Lee is coming off of directing Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish’s Night School. Davis, who stars in ABC’s How to Get Away With Murder, is also working on many projects, including Steve McQueen’s upcoming feature, Widows.