The feature film is titled Rosa and will be written by Charlie Kessler and Hamid Torabpour. It is centered around the 24 hours following Parks’ infamous Alabama arrest on Dec. 1, 1955, which contributed to the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Winter State Entertainment and a large production team are working to begin filming in 2019. Projects about the activist by other companies including the Oscar-nominated documentary, Mighty Times: The Legacy of Rosa Parks, and a TV movie, The Rosa Parks Story, which starred Angela Bassett, were released in the past.
“Rosa Parks is an inspiration, and our goal is to be able to use this project to raise awareness for the Rosa and Raymond Park Institute for Self Development. Ms. Parks did not have any children, so her institute is her legacy.” Kessler
Jeanne Theoharis, professor of political science at Brooklyn College and author of The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, is a consulting producer on the movie project.
“While most Americans have heard of Rosa Parks, the details of what happened that on the night she was arrested, and her lifetime of political courage and activism, are largely unknown,” Theoharis told Deadline. “The real story of Rosa Parks is far different, and even more inspiring and relevant for our times than the tale most children learn in school.”
Elaine Steele, who co-founded The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development with the civil rights activist in 1987, said in a statement: “We are excited about the upcoming movie and are honored that Winter State and the team of filmmakers plan to contribute to The Rosa and Raymond Parks Institute for Self Development. We are confident that the filmmakers of Rosa will bring quality and their commitment to accuracy to this important historical event.”
A portion of the proceeds from Rosa will be given to the institute.