Oscar and Emmy winner Mahershala Ali was launched in an eight-episode limited series of Endeavor Content, titled The parcel. The series is an adaptation of the successful novel of the same name by Jean Hanff Korelitz. This is not the first TV series novel adaptation of a Korelitz story, because in 2020 HBO brought their book “You Should Have Known” to life with Nicole kidman and Hugh grant like The defeat.
The parcel is listed as a psychological thriller about a once promising young novelist turned teacher struggling to maintain his self-respect. When Jacob Finch Bonner takes the opportunity to become famous again by stealing the work of a late student, his life is changed forever. When an anonymous message alerts him that someone knows what they’ve done, it’s unclear what Jake will do to protect his secret.
Ali is also executive producer of the series with Mimi Valdes and Amatus Karim Ali in their production company Know Wonder. The trio also produced the Ali-directed feature film, Swan song, which received many rave reviews. Valdés recently spoke about the lack of projects in Hollywood with “multidimensional black characters” and “stories that simply focus on our humanity.” Valdés went on to say: “We are more than humbled to work with such an incredible team of collaborators to bring this incredible book to life.”
The showrunner for The parcel will be Abby Ajayi, whose previous credits include Invent Anna and How to get away with a murder. Ajayi said she was “thrilled to adapt Jean’s brilliantly compelling and compelling novel, which hooked [her] from its very first pages. ”Ajayi went on to share his enthusiasm for choosing Ali for the lead role.“ From the start, I knew the matchless Marhershala Ali would be the perfect Jake. I’m excited for the nuance, humanity and complexity he will bring to the role. “
After a fierce bidding war, the limited series has found its way into Disney’s Onyx Collective. Tara Duncan, President of Freeform and Onyx Collective, shared her enthusiasm for acquiring the series.
I was captivated by Hanff Korelitz’s book, and Abby’s distinct perspective has nothing to do with the story in a way that resonated with me as well as our mission at Onyx Collective. There are so many interesting angles and nuances, that to have the creative genius that is Mahershala Ali at the center of this mystery is just a dream. “
Alongside Ali, Valdes and Ali at Know Wonder, The parcel is produced by Layne Eskridge and Kristen campo who both played key roles in the making of the series. “When Kristen Campo sent me The Plot, I devoured it,” Eskridge said. “Mahershala was our dream for the role.”
The parcel will air on Hulu in the United States.
“I’ve never entered a world where anticipation is so great,” said the “Blade” star.
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