'From Scratch': Zoe Saldana To Star In Netflix Limited Series Based On Tembi Locke's Memoir

November 7th 2019

Netflix has set a limited series adaptation of actress Tembi Locke's 2019 best-selling memoir, From Scratch, Shadow And Act has learned.

Her sister, Attica Locke (When They See Us), will be the showrunner and executive producer. Zoe Saldana has been tapped to star in the series and will executive produce with her sisters Cisely Saldana and Mariel Saldana. Reese Witherspoon is also executive producing. From Scratch was selected as Reese’s Book Club x Hello Sunshine May 2019 book pick. Richard Abate, Jermaine Johnson, and Will Rowbotham of 3 Arts Entertainment are also executive producing.

Here's the logline: From Scratch is a sweeping, autobiographical romance that follows an American woman as she falls in love with a Sicilian man while studying abroad in Italy then builds a life with him in the United States. When she unexpectedly loses him to illness, she is challenged to pull herself through grief so she can raise their daughter as they would have raised her together: with hope, joy and infinite love.

"Attica and I are honored to be adapting From Scratch with the visionary Reese Witherspoon, Lauren Neustadter, Richard Abate and the incredibly gifted Zoe Saldana,” said Tembi Locke. “We have a shared interest in championing stories that bring a rich tapestry of experiences to the screen. I am thrilled that this global love story has found a perfect home at Netflix."

“This is a profound true story of love and family, deprivation and nourishment, that needs to be brought to life on the screen as Tembi Locke brought it vividly to life for me on the page,” said Zoe Saldana. “We are grateful to Netflix and thrilled to be working with Reese, Lauren, Attica and 3 Arts on this wonderful project.”

Reese Witherspoon said, “Tembi’s memoir is a raw and tender exhibition of life in all its pieces. She brings you into her love, her loss and her resilience with such vulnerability and strength. We immediately fell for Attica and Tembi’s vision and feel honored to have the opportunity to help bring it to life on-screen. We could not imagine more perfect partners for this than Zoe and her sisters and 3 Arts Entertainment, along with the incredible team at Netflix.”

Channing Dungey, Vice President of Original Series at Netflix added, “Between the Locke sisters and the Saldana sisters, I’ve never seen a show that’s more of a family affair. Reese Witherspoon and Hello Sunshine have been producing really exciting content and we’re thrilled to make this powerful and emotional series with them.”  

 

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Photo: Getty Images 

 

by Trey Mangum on November 7th 2019

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