By Mike Downing
You’ve probably heard this by now, but if not: Acclaimed actor Denzel Washington, in cooperation with the Estate of August Wilson, has agreed to produce all ten of August Wilson’s Century Cycle plays for HBO. The project is expected to be completed over the course of the next decade.
This was meant to be. Several years ago, Mr. Wilson himself made it clear that he wanted a black director for Fences. Now he has that and more. Clearly, August’s widow, Constanza Romero, is comfortable with Mr. Washington at the helm and we agree. Mr. Washington will bring a high degree of sensitivity to the work, which bodes well for the productions.
You’ll recall that Mr. Washington played the role of Troy Maxson in the Broadway revival of Fences in 2010 (the same part played by James Earl Jones in the original Broadway production, circa 1987-88).
This announcement comes on the heels of The Greene Space’s tremendous effort in committing Mr. Wilson’s Century Cycle to audio.
You can be sure that the August Wilson blog will continue to follow what could turn out to be Mr. Washington’s greatest contribution to the artistic world.