Stevie Wonder is getting into the television business. NBC announced today at the Televisions Critics Association (TCA) panel the peacock network and Wonder are teaming up to produce the eight-hour miniseries, Freedom Run. The movie is based on the 2005 Betty DeRamus novel, Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad, which focuses on a collection of love stories between freed couples and slaves along with interracial couples, while they endure the hardship of slavery and their attempts to escape it so they can be together. NBC chairman Robert Greenblatt told The Hollywood Reporter,
We’re increasingly looking for projects that qualify as television events and these harrowing true stories of courageous young men and women who found love, in spite of the heinousness of slavery, certainly does that.
Wonder will serve as executive producer of the project, with the NBC brass hopeful he will also underscore the music. Greenblatt also revealed the network’s plans to also take the musical to Broadway. According to Greenblatt:
The idea of also developing this into a Broadway musical with Stevie Wonder is very exciting as we look to expand the scope of our live stage business. We’re thrilled that these producers wanted to bring this important project to us.