HBO developing series adaptation of Martyna Majok’s Queens
HBO has acquired the rights to the play Queens from Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Martyna Majok (Cost of Living) for a series adaptation with Insecure writer, director and executive producer Prentice Penny attached, according to Deadline.
The play, which first premiered Off-Broadway in early 2018, centered on the lives of two generations of immigrant women who collide in a basement apartment in Queens as the choices they’ve made regarding their security, dignity and desires comes back to confront them and forces them to determine what shouldn’t be left behind as they try to move their life forward.
Majok is attached to executive produce and pen the series adaptation, while Penny will executive produce through his A Penny For Your Thoughts Entertainment banner and Alex Soler co-executive producing through Penny’s label.
The Polish-American playwright first came on to the scene in 2015 with her debut play Ironbound, which received rave reviews from critics and audiences, and followed it up with her Pulitzer Prize-winning drama Cost of Living in 2017, Queens in 2018 and Sanctuary City, which was set to begin in late March, but production was shut down due to the global health crisis.
Penny currently acts as showrunner, executive producer and frequent director on HBO’s acclaimed comedy series Insecure, which recently began its fourth season and was swiftly renewed for a fifth from the premium cabler, and also made his feature directorial debut in March with the Netflix drama Uncorked starring Mamoudou Athie, Niecy Nash and Courtney B. Vance, on which he wrote, produced and directed and received critical acclaim from critics and audiences alike