Jocelyn Nicole Johnson’s upcoming first novel, “My Monticello”, is ready to receive a film adaptation from Cherinin Entertainment for Netflix.
Streimer acquired the rights to Johnson’s novel, which will be published in the United States on October 5 by Henry Holt & Co. and on November 4 in the United Kingdom by Harville Sacker.
“My Monticello” is set in the near future, when an environmental catastrophe leads to social collapse and groups of white nationalist militias spread across the country, leading a group of young refugees from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings to take refuge in Monticello.
A finalist for the 2021 Kirkas Award, the work was described by Colson Whitehead as “a rogue debut by any measure – impressive, known and electrified”, “absolutely unforgettable” by Roxanne Gay, “stunning” by Charles U, and “important and contrary to everything you know before.” একটি A voice full of both heart and imagination ”Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenier.
Emerging writer Brian Parker will adapt the screenplay, Peter Cherin and Zeno Topping will produce for Cherinin Entertainment, and Cherinin’s Caitlin Dahl and Johnson are working as executive producers.
Johnson, a veteran public school art teacher and skilled writer, lives and writes in Charlottesville, VA. In 2018, his short story “Control Negro” was read directly by Lever Burton as part of the best American short story, guest edited by Gay, and PRI’s selected shorts series. Johnson is represented by Meredith Kafel Simonoff and Brooke Ehrlich at Defiore & Company.
Parker is a Brooklyn-based author who was the first to move from a community college to Harvard. After graduating, he moved to Myanmar, where he began making documentaries on human rights at the United Nations. After doing similar work in Southeast Asia, Tanzania and Haiti, he joined the MFA Film Program in Colombia, where he won the FMI Management Award. He is representing CAA, Grandview and Attorney Lev Ginsberg.
Casting for the movie has not yet been announced, although Burton and Aja Naomi King will bring the story to life as the storytellers of the audiobook, with their voices voiced by Vignettes Ngozi Anyanwu, January LaVoy, Tomiwa Edun and Landon Woodson.
“My Monticello” marks Cherinin Entertainment’s latest project under its agreement with Netflix, following the “Fear Street” trilogy, which debuted on the streamer this summer. “Slumberland” starring Jason Momoa and a series of British crime dramas “Luther” starring Idris Elba, Cynthia Arevo and Andy Serkis.
(Photo: Jocelyn Nicole Johnson and Brian Parker with cover art of “My Monticello”)