EXCLUSIVE : Mammoth Screen, the British producer behind series including The Serpent and Poldark , is developing a television drama based on the 18th Century slave uprising in Haiti. The story will be told through the eyes of Toussaint Louverture — who helped turn the tide against slavery internationally through his actions in Haiti — after Mammoth optioned Sudhir Hazareesingh 's biography Black Spartacus : The Epic Life of Toussaint Louverture . The Baillie Gifford Prize longlisted book is a comprehensive look at the life of Louverture, a former slave, who became the leader of the colony's black population, the commander of its republican army, and eventually its governor until he was seized by Napoléon Bonaparte's invading army in 1802. Related Story ITV Studios Takes Control Of Denmark’s Apple Tree Productions Hazareesingh describes Louverture as a warrior, philosopher, nation-builder, and founding father of Haiti, characterizing him in the book as the "world's first black superhero." Hazareesingh's biography was hailed as "a tour de force" by The Guardian. Mammoth is on the verge of signing up a notable screenwriter to helm the adaptation. Tom Leggett is executive producing alongside Mammoth founder Damien Timmer. Sherie Myers ( I May Destroy You )… Read full this story
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