Production is currently underway in Atlanta on a television adaptation of “The Trip to Bountiful,” the Tony-nominated Broadway play.
It’s set to premiere on Lifetime next year.
Original cast members Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams star, along with Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer. Underwood is not available, presumably, because his new NBC series, the “Ironside” remake, has been cancelled. Underwood wasn’t in the Broadway show, which also starred Cuba Gooding Jr., who’s apparently not in the TV movie.
“The Trip To Bountiful” tells the story of one woman’s quest to reconnect with her past in order to ensure her family’s future. Set during the final years of the Jim Crow South, “The Trip To Bountiful” is one of the best-known works by award-winning playwright Horton Foote, who wrote (among other things) the screenplay for “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 1962.
Corralling the two principal stars of the “Trip to Bountiful” play for a TV-movie adaptation is a prestigious project for Lifetime. Tyson, in particular, is one of the nation’s most respected actresses. She won a Tony Award for her role in the “Bountiful” play.
“The Trip to Bountiful” was made into a movie in 1985, starring Geraldine Page in the role played on Broadway by Tyson, along with John Heard and Rebecca De Mornay.