Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Book News: Oprah Winfrey to produce ‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ for HBO

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” the nonfiction best-seller by Rebecca Skloot, will become an HBO film.
And it has some big names behind it. The executive producers include Oprah Winfrey and Alan Ball(”True Blood”). Other executive producers are Kate Forte and Peter Macdissi.
In its synopsis, HBO says the book “tells the true story of Henrietta Lacks, a poor black mother in Baltimore, whose cancerous cells — taken without her knowledge – enabled some of the most significant advances in 20th century medicine, but with devastating, and later liberating, effects on her family.”
In announcing the movie, HBO had no news on casting or production. But because of HBO’s recent efforts in long-form programming — “The Pacific,” “Temple Grandin,” “You Don’t Know Jack” — “Henrietta Lacks” has found the best possible home. MORE
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Red Tail Heart said...

This was an absolutely extraordinary book and story. I was very impressed with the author's mixture of science and biography. Or perhaps it was the biography of Henrietta and the biography of her cells eloquently rolled into one book. If nothing else, this book sends a strong message that everybody should count in this society. If we throw people away, we may be throwing away our miricle.