Following Box-Office Success of ‘The Butler,’ ABC Is Developing a Series About Another Famous White House Servant

Oct 2, 2013  •  Post A Comment

On the heels of the movie "Lee Daniels’ The Butler," which has had a solid run at the box office, ABC is developing a limited series about another famous African American servant in the White House.

Deadline.com reports that the project is based on the true story of Paul Jennings, a slave who served as valet to President James Madison. Behind the scenes, Jennings fought against slavery.

The project is based on Elizabeth Dowling Taylor’s book "A Slave in the White House," which looks at Jennings’ relationship with the Madison family. Jennings lived most of his life in or near the White House, and bought his freedom at age 46, the story notes. He also wrote the first memoir of living in the White House, "A Colored Man’s Reminiscences of James Madison."

The project is from filmmakers Sheldon Candis and Justin Wilson of "LUV," and marks their first television venture. The pair will write and co-executive produce, with Candis directing.

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