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Young Vic’s Armah to adapt Haitian revolution story for TV

PICTURED: Kwame Kwei-Armah

KWAME KWEI-Armah, the artistic director of the Young Vic, will adapt the story of the Haitian Revolution for television, Deadline reports.

Production company, Bryncoed have optioned C L R James’ The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution with Kwei-Armah at the helm to adapt the book for a ten-part television series.

The book, which was written in 1938 by the Afro-Trinidadian historian, charts the history of the Haitian Revolution of 1791-1804. According to the movie site, the series will start with the first slave revolt of 1791 and end with the Haitian declaration of independence in 1804, and will explore the nature of leadership, its compromises, its glories and the range of personal cost it claims.

Kwei Armah said, “Some books change you; other books change everybody who reads them. The Black Jacobins is one such book. By introducing me to the Haitian Revolution, to a man, to a people and to a time that redefined the way the mighty military nations of Europe saw see themselves in relation to the rest of the world, viscerally tilted my axis and changed the way I see the world we live in today.

“Bryncoed’s rock-solid production team, experience and expertise put this generation-defining story in the best hands for dramatic interpretation for global audiences.”

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