From Scratch’s Attica and Tembi Locke to Adapt Attica’s Novel ‘Bluebird, Bluebird’

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Attica and Tembi Locke, known for their work on the Netflix series “From Scratch,” have entered into an overall deal with Universal Television. The first project under this agreement is set to be an adaptation of Attica’s novel, “Bluebird, Bluebird.”

The upcoming drama explores the life of Darren Mathews, a Black Texas Ranger with complex feelings about his upbringing in the Lone Star State. As the first in his family to venture far from Texas, duty eventually calls him back home, adding layers of intrigue to the narrative.

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While the platform for the series is yet to be announced, the Lockes are already diving into the creative process. They will co-write and executive produce the show alongside Richard Abate, Jermaine Johnson, and Will Rowbotham from 3 Arts Entertainment.

In a statement, Attica and Tembi Locke expressed their excitement about the collaboration with Universal Television. They highlighted the alignment of creative visions and the dream partnership with the UTV team, emphasizing their commitment to ambitious, vanguard, and character-focused storytelling.

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The Locke sisters previously collaborated on “From Scratch,” a Netflix limited series based on Tembi Locke’s book. The series received acclaim with an 86 percent score from both critics and viewers on Rotten Tomatoes. The success of their previous work caught the attention of Universal Television President Erin Underhill, who praised the sisters as exceptionally talented, multihyphenate storytellers.

Tembi Locke’s writing credits include iconic shows like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” and “Friends,” while also contributing to on-screen roles in various productions. Attica Locke, with five New York Times best-selling novels to her name, boasts TV credits for shows like “Empire,” “When They See Us,” and “Little Fires Everywhere,” earning her an NAACP Image Award.

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