Stevie Wonder at the Tom Kelly Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Hollywood, CA 04-30-13

NBC plans Stevie Wonder-produced miniseries about the Underground Railroad

BY ESTHER ZUCKERMAN • @EZWRITES
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NBC announced that it is producing an eight-hour miniseries about love stories on the Underground Railroad, with Stevie Wonder serving as executive producer.

The miniseries, titled Freedom Run, is an adaptation of Betty DeRamus’s 2005 book Forbidden Fruit: Love Stories From the Underground Railroad. It will focus on three “specific epic journeys and love stories, each based on actual people,” according to NBC.

The miniseries will be written by B. Swibel, Adam Westbrook, and Charles Randolph-Wright, who will also executive produce. Per NBC, DeRamus’s book is also being developed as a stage musical for which Swibel, Westbrook, and Randolph-Wright are writing the book and Wonder is attached to compose the score.

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