Lifetime Developing Adaptation of Tony Winner NY Post
Lifetime is adapting a Tony Award-winning play as a television project. The New York Post reports that the cable net has "The Trip to Bountiful" in the works.
Cicely Tyson, who won a Tony for her lead role in the recent Broadway revival of the play, will reprise the role in the Lifetime movie.
The project will return the Horton Foote play to its roots on TV, as it was originally written for TV in 1953, the story notes. The 1953 TV movie, which aired on NBC, starred Lillian Gish.
The story is about an older woman living in Houston with her son, who refuses to take her back to her hometown, called Bountiful. She decides to make the trip herself, boarding a bus for the journey.
The movie also became an Academy Award-winning 1985 movie starring Geraldine Page and John Heard. Page took home the Oscar for best leading actress for her performance in the film.
Other cast members for the new production include Vanessa Williams, who also appeared in the Broadway revival, along with Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer. Lifetime will air the new production in 2014, the story notes.