Kasi Lemmons To Adapt “On Beauty”

Actress turned filmmaker Kasi Lemmons (“The Caveman’s Valentine,” “Eve’s Bayou”) will adapt and direct a film version of Zadie Smith’s Booker Prize-nominated novel “On Beauty” for Carol Polakoff Productions, Ruby Films and Film4 reports Deadline.

The comedy of manners follows two families with different but increasingly intertwined lives, race and sexual politics. Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits and Carol Polakoff are producing.

Lemmons, whom many will remember playing Clarice Starling’s FBI classmate in “The Silence of the Lambs”, is also developing a film version of Langston Hughes’s gospel song play “Black Nativity” at Fox Searchlight.