The topic of slavery continues to take Hollywood by storm. With this year’s '12 Years A Slave,' and 'Lee Daniels’ 'The Butler' tackling the subject on the big screen, now it's the small screen's turn with FX stepping up to the plate.
Deadline reports the network has picked up the dramatic limited series, 'The Code,' from Kelsey Grammer's Grammnet NH Prods, which is based on the book 'Song Yet Sung' by author James McBride.
The 2008 novel was inspired by the life of famous abolitionist -- and the Underground Railroad poster child -- Harriet Tubman. For those in need of a history lesson, Tubman was born into slavery in Maryland around 1820, but eventually escaped and found freedom thanks to white abolitionist neighbors. She eventually helped foster the Underground Railroad, a network of secret routes and safe houses that she used to smuggle more than 300 slaves to the north (which sometimes meant Canada).
Like the book, 'The Code' will focus on a runaway slave named Liz, as she makes her escape "from a torn white waterman and able slave catcher" and finds herself in the swamps of Maryland’s Eastern Shore fighting for her life and armed with "the code," a cryptic means of communication for slaves on the run.
McBride would adapt from his novel, while Grammer will executive produce along with Brian Taylor.
This isn't the first project about slavery that's interested FX recently. Earlier this month, they pursued a 'Roots' remake, which ultimately went to the History Channel.