Kay Oyegun’s The Ancestor starring Tika Sumpter and produced by Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo’s Outlier Society has been picked up by HBO Max.
Oyegun penned the psychological thriller that follows an African-American female (Sumpter) med student as she finds herself in a “timely psychological thriller premise in the tradition of Get Out.”
According to Comingsoon, “the spec script was reportedly the subject of a heated bidding war amongst various suitors with HBO Max winning the deal with a high six-figure offer.
Sumpter addressed her excitement for the project via her Instagram.
“So grateful we followed our gut @kayoyegun. Grateful I get to produce and work with this dope group of folks. @michaelbjordan @alanaoyam @hbomax Thank you,” she wrote in a caption.
The Ancestor will be produced by Michael B. Jordan and Alana Mayo’s Outlier Society alongside the banner’s Khaliah Neal, Oyegun and Sumpter, with Emily Gerson Saines attached as executive producer.