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Octavia Spencer will EP and star in FX’s Bobby Love drama with Kerry Washington executive producing

Octavia Spencer will EP and star in FX’s Bobby Love drama with Kerry Washington executive producing


From Humans of New York to FX!

Octavia Spencer and Kerry Washington are slated to executive produce a new series coming to the TV network about the incredible story of Bobby Love, which first came to light on the popular Instagram page created by Brandon Stanton.

Spencer, 51, will also star in the project, Deadline reported on Thursday.

New endeavor! Octavia Spencer and Kerry Washington are slated to executive produce a new series coming to the TV network about the incredible story of Bobby Love, which first came to light on the popular Instagram page created by Brandon Stanton

The hour-long drama will be adapted from the book The Redemption of Bobby Love: A Story of Faith, Family, and Justice, written by Bobby Love, Cheryl Love, and Lori Tharps.

The Loves’ memoir was released earlier this month after the true story of Bobby’s escape from a southern prison went viral in 2020.

It was published by Mariner Books/William Morrow. 

The literary work tells the remarkable story of how Bobby, a black boy in the Jim Crow South, got in trouble with the law at just 13-years-old.  

He faced a 30-year prison sentence for robbery. But Love escaped and fled to New York where he changed his name, worked several jobs and started a family.

Decades later, and to his family’s astonishment, the FBI tracked him down. 

Nonfiction: The Loves' memoir was released earlier this month after the true story of Bobby's escape from a southern prison went viral in 2020

Nonfiction: The Loves’ memoir was released earlier this month after the true story of Bobby’s escape from a southern prison went viral in 2020

The series will be written and executive produced by Shalisha Francis-Feusner, who will double as showrunner. 

The Love couple will also executive produce the drama with Jenni Konner. 

Adding to the list of executive producers are Brian Clisham, Pilar Savone, Jocelyn Hayes-Simpson and Stanton. 

It will be helmed by ABC Signature studio.  

Coming to TV: The hour-long drama will be adapted from the book The Redemption of Bobby Love: A Story of Faith, Family, and Justice, written by Bobby Love, Cheryl Love, and Lori Tharps

Coming to TV: The hour-long drama will be adapted from the book The Redemption of Bobby Love: A Story of Faith, Family, and Justice, written by Bobby Love, Cheryl Love, and Lori Tharps

Washington’s Simpson Street Productions and Spencer’s Orit Entertainment are under deals with ABC Signature. 

Octavia has seen recent success with Truth Be Told for Apple TV Plus and Netflix’s Self-Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker.

Kerry will next direct Hulu’s Reasonable Doubt. And for Netflix she’ll star in and produce Rockaway, an adaptation of Diane Cardwell’s memoir.

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