Stevie Wonder is executive-producing a new musical mini-series for US television with NBC. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the eight-hour project has the working title ‘Freedom Run’ and is based on the 2005 book by Betty DeRamus, ‘Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From The Underground Railroad.’
The story will focus on men and women of the 19th century who attempted to escape slavery via an underground passage. “These unforgettable moments in history, which have never been told on television before, are both incredibly painful and heartwarming and need to be presented to the world,” NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke told the publication. “We’re honored to be adapting this emotionally affecting book in a television event.”
Wonder will also take part in the production of a planned Broadway musical that NBC hope to stage to complement the series. The TV venture would be a new one for him, with all of his previous work on the small screen coming via live concert events or music specials.
Meanwhile, a glittering tribute to Stevie will be taking place at the Grammy Awards next month. The Recording Academy, AEG Ehrlich Ventures and CBS will present the primetime, two-hour special ‘Stevie Wonder: Songs In The Key Of Life — An All-Star Grammy Salute.’ Chris Martin of Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Usher, Janelle Monáe and Willie Nelson will all take part.
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