NBC has announced plans for the eight-hour miniseries “Freedom Run” based on the novel “Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad” by author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Betty DeRamus.
Musician Stevie Wonder will serve as an executive producer on the event series which will focus on three specific epic journeys and love stories, each based on actual couples who became a part of what would come to be known as the Underground Railroad.
These tales are about ordinary men and women, slave and free, black and white, who risked everything to be together. B. Swibel, Adam Westbrook and Charles Randolph-Wright will pen the miniseries and serve as executive producers alongside Tara Smith and Brian LaRoda.
There are also plans for a Broadway stage musical adaptation which Triptyk Studios and Universal Stage Productions will develop and which Wonder is attached to provide the score. Randolph-Wright will write the musical’s book.