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HBO Developing Series Adaptation of Martyna Majok's Queens

HBO developing series adaptation of Martyna Majok’s Queens

HBO has acquired the rights to the drama Queens from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok (Cost of Living) for a string adaptation with Insecure writer, director and executive producer Prentice Penny attached, based on Deadline.
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The drama, which first premiered Off-Broadway in early 2018, centered on the lives of two generations of immigrant women who collide in a basement apartment in Queens as the choices they have made regarding their safety, dignity and desires comes back to face them and compels them to ascertain what should not be left behind as they try to move their life ahead.

The Polish-American playwright first came on to the scene in 2015 with her debut play Ironbound, which received rave reviews from audiences and critics, and followed it up with her Pulitzer Prize-winning play Cost of Living in 2017, Queens in 2018 and Sanctuary City, which was set to start in late March, but production was shut down as a result of worldwide health crisis.

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Majok is connected to pencil and produce the series adaptation, while Penny will produce through his A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment banner and Alex Soler co-executive producing through the label of Penny.

Penny now acts as showrunner, executive producer and regular director on HBO’s acclaimed comedy series Insecure, which recently began its fourth season and has been quickly renewed for a fifth from the premium cabler, and made his feature directorial debut in March with the Netflix play Uncorked starring Mamoudou Athie, Niecy Nash and Courtney B. Vance, where he wrote, produced and directed and received critical acclaim from audiences and critics alike

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