Hulu to adapt ‘Black Cake’ with Cerar, Kaplan & Oprah

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US-based streamer Hulu has won a bidding war for Black Cake, a drama series based on an upcoming book, with Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey and Aaron Kaplan attached.

Charmaine Wilkerson’s novel of the same name, which is due to be published next year, is a decade-spanning murder mystery-meets-family drama, with an international setting including the US, England, Italy and Jamaica.

Cerar, who created the upcoming ABC series Women Of The Movement, will write the screen adaptation of Black Cake and serve as a showrunner on the series as part of her overall deal with Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.

She and Kaplan will also exec produce, alongside Winfrey and Carla Gardini via Harpo Films, while Emily Rudolf Kapital co-executive produces and Jessie Abbott is overseeing the project for Kapital.

The drama drew bids from several streaming services, with Cerar reportedly deciding to go with Hulu due to her previous work with Disney’s entertainment chairman Dana Walden and Craig Erwich, president of ABC Entertainment and Hulu Originals, on Women Of The Movement.

The news of Hulu picking up the series was first reported by Deadline.

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