TORONTO -- The CBC is teaming up with the U.S. network BET to produce a miniseries based on the acclaimed novel The Book of Negroes.
The book's Canadian author Lawrence Hill will co-write the script along with Poor Boy's Game filmmaker Clement Virgo, who will also direct.
The Commonwealth Writers' Prize-winning novel depicts the life of Aminata Diallo -- an African woman who was kidnapped by slave traders in West Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina.
She navigates her way through the American Revolution in New York, the isolated refuge of Nova Scotia and the jungles of Sierra Leone, before securing her freedom in England at the dawn of the 19th century.
Producers including Conquering Lion Pictures, Out Of Africa Entertainment and Entertainment One say shooting is set for South Africa in the fall.
The miniseries will air on CBC in Canada and BET in the United States.
The Canada-South Africa co-production is being touted as Black Entertainment Television's first "event" mini-series.
-- The Canadian Press