Paramount Pictures has acquired the North American rights for the Lee Daniels led film, The United States Vs. Billie Holiday, for eight figures. The acquisition is the first major purchase under new Paramount Motion Picture Group President Emma Watts.
The film will tell the story of iconic singer Billie Holiday. Directed and produced by Daniels, Andra Day will star as Holiday while Suzan-Lori Parkes writes the script.
“With the world’s eyes forced to look at the centuries-old oppression of Black people, I hope The United States Vs. Billie Holiday will add to this important conversation by shining a light on systemic racism and social injustice,” Daniels said.
“I also feel that in this time of great reckoning it is essential we celebrate the life and artistry of an unsung Civil Rights warrior, Billie Holiday,” Daniels added.
Daniels’ film will be produced by New Slate Ventures, Lee Daniels Entertainment and Roth Kirschenbaum Films. Be on the look out for the major motion picture in the near future.