‘The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks’ Hits the (Small) Big Screen

It’s one of the eBooks featured in the new Nook TV ad, and it’s on the front page of every eBookstore: Rebecca Skloot’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks has been a smash hit in both print and electronic formats. Now it will be made into a movie for HBO, produced by Oprah Winfrey and American Beauty co-producer Alan Ball.

Skloot, an avid Twitterer, spent yesterday, when the announcement was made, fielding questions about the adaptation on Twitter. Our sibling blog, GalleyCat rounded up what she said.

Here’s more from GalleyCat:

Skloot revealed that the producers will include both herself and her subject’s family: “I’ll [be] a consultant on film, so will Lacks family. That was important [to] me & HBO. That’s [one] of many reasons HBO was right home [for the book.]” She added: “I’ll be a consultant, and so will Lacks family.”

She also noted: “I’ve known [for] a while, just couldn’t say anything about it until it was public, which happened this AM while I was sleeping.”

The day concluded with casting suggestions from her Twitter followers: “Most popular votes [for] playing me in #HeLa movie: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway & Natalie Portman. For Henrietta: Halle Berry & Viola Davis.”

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