Lena Waithe To Executive Produce Horror Anthology “Them’
Lena Waithe has booked yet ANOTHER deal. Waithe will executive produce horror anthology series Them for Amazon. Little Marvin will write the script and executive produce the series alongside Roy Lee, Miri Yoon and Michael Connelly. The series was picked up for two seasons.
The first season, Them: Covenant, is set in 1952 and revolves around Alfred and Lucky Emory, who decide to move their family from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood. The family’s home on a tree-lined, seemingly idyllic street becomes ground zero where malevolent forces both real and supernatural threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them.
Waithe said about the series,
Little Marvin’s script stayed with me for weeks after I read it. He’s written something that’s provocative and terrifying. The first season will speak to how frightening it was to be black in 1953. It will also remind us that being black in 2018 is just as horrifying. This anthology series will examine the cultural divides among all of us and explore us vs Them in a way we’ve never seen before.
As previously reported, Waithe, 34, inked a new deal with Showtime last week. Under the deal she will create and develop comedy and drama projects with the network. She will also write and produce the new projects for her production company, Hillman Grad.
Her first series, The Chi, centers on a group of residents in Chicago’s Southside who become connected by coincidence, who are looking for both connection and redemption. The series stars Jason Mitchell, Jacob Latimore, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Alex Hibbert, Yolonda Ross, Armando Riesco and Tiffany Boone. The Chi had the biggest launch in two years for the network and was renewed for a second season.
Waithe announced that she will be producing “Queen & Slim” starring Daniel Kaluuya, directed by Melina Matsoukas. The romantic drama film will go into production this January and will focus on a man and woman who after a first date kill a police officer at a traffic stop and decide to go on the run. She will also executive produce and write the TBS series, Twenties.
In 2017, Waithe became the first African American woman to win an Emmy for comedy writing.