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HBO orders adaptation of Raven Leilani novel Luster from Gaumont, Viva Maude

US premium cablenet HBO has ordered a series adaptation of American author Raven Leilani’s debut novel Luster from France- and LA-based studio Gaumont and Tessa Thompson’s prodco Viva Maude.

Raven Leilani

Published in 2020, Luster tells the story of a young Black artist living in New York City when she takes a white lover in an open marriage, eventually moving in with him and his wife in the suburbs. There, she not only finds herself in an increasingly tense relationship with the couple, but also becoming an unlikely mentor to their adopted Black daughter.

Attached as writers on HBO’s adaptation are playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury and theatre director Lileana Blain-Cruz.

Exec producing for Viva Maude, which has a first-look deal with HBO, are founder Thompson and VP of development and production Kishori Rajan.

Exec producing for Gaumont are senior VP of creative Alexandra Hunter, VP of creative Sean Wolfson and exec VP of creative content in the US Terry Kalagian.


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