Netflix has placed an order for “Madame C.J. Walker,” the 8-episode limited series executive produced by LeBron James and Octavia Spencer.
Spencer will also star in the series in the lead role.
Spencer stars as Sarah Breedlove, famously known as Madam C.J. Walker. She executive produces alongside LeBron James and Maverick Carter via SpringHill and Mark Holder, Christine Holder via Zero Gravity as well as Barrois and Johnson. Lemmons executive produces the first episode.
On Her Own Ground, published in 2002 by Scribner, is described as the definitive biography of Walker, written by her great-great-granddaughter, Bundles.
Zero Gravity in 2016 optioned the rights to the book to develop as a limited series with Spencer starring and executive producing, Asher writing and Lemmons directing. The following year, James and his SpringHill came on board and the project was set up at Netflix for development.
Madam C.J. Walker was SpringHill’s first scripted series project and now becomes the company’s first greenlighted scripted series.
Congrats to LBJ and Octavia!