Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground is reteaming with Temple Hill Entertainment to develop Blackout, a film and TV project for Netflix.
The project, being developed concurrently as both a series and a feature under Higher Ground’s overall deal with Netflix, will be based on Black love stories written by six different writers and all set during a power cut on a hot summer night in New York City.
The stories, from writers Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas (novelist behind Temple Hill feature The Hate U Give), Ashley Woodfolk and Nicola Yoon, will look at different aspects of love from the perspectives of 12 teens.
Higher Ground and Temple Hill recently collaborated on Fatherhood, the Kevin Hart drama licensed by Netflix from Sony and released digitally last month.
Higher Ground’s other upcoming film projects include Rustin, the story of gay civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, to be directed by George C Wolfe, Exit West, based on Mohsin Hamid’s novel, and Satellite, a science fiction story written by Ola Shokunbi.
The company is also presenting Michael Keaton/Stanley Tucci historical drama Worth.