Nia Long, John Legend’s Get Lifted Film Co and Sony Pictures TV are adapting the political drama, Paper Gods, at ABC. It is based on the novel by Goldie Taylor.

Long will star and executive produce the project. Tash Gray, who was worked on P-Valley, Snowfall and Starz’s upcoming Power Book III: Raising Kanan, is the showrunner.

Per the exclusive story from Deadline, “Paper Gods spotlights the struggles and battles professionally and personally for Atlanta Mayor Victoria Dobb, who will be portrayed by Long in the series. The third novel by ex-political strategist and now Daily Beast editor-at-large Taylor, Paper Gods peels back the layers on the assassination in a church of Dobb’s mentor, a much-venerated Congressman to reveal a greater deception.” Taylor herself is on board as a producer.

“This project has been a passion of ours for a long time and Nia’s commitment has never wavered, said Sony Pictures TV’s Lauren Stein. “When Tash signed on, it completed this great team. We are so happy to be moving forward with it at ABC.”

“Victoria Dobbs is a beautifully flawed and complicated character, exclaimed Long today of the timely series this year of election and division,” said Long. “I look forward to exploring her journey as a wife, mother and politician. Paper Gods highlights the profound impact Black women have on American politics and the world,” she added Mike, John and Tash are my dream team!”

“We’re so thrilled to be able to bring this incredible world Goldie created to life,” said Get Lifted’s Jackson, Legend and Ty Stiklorius. “It’s going to be an incredible journey working with Nia and Tash as we endeavor to learn more about this strong black female who’s incredibly human and nuanced.”

“Nia and I came together in remembrance of our friend, and my mentor, John Singleton,” added Gray. “From that friendship blossomed an opportunity to tell a profound story that’s near to my heart. Both of us, girls from the hood, stand proud as strong Black women dedicated to telling the truth about our existence in a world that rarely champions or protects us. Yet, we continuously endeavor to save the world. I’m so happy and excited to work with amazing people to tell a layered story guaranteed to captivate audiences with Ms. Nia Long as our lead.”


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