Zoe Saldana and Reese Witherspoon are going to Netflix.
The ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ star and ‘Legally Blonde’ actress will executive produce ‘From Scratch,’ a limited show based on the best-selling memoir of Tembi Locke of the same name. Saldana will star in the series.
It’s an autobiographical romance story about an American woman (Saldana) who meets a Sicilian man while studying abroad, falls in love with him, and starts a new life in the US with him. When he dies of an unexpected illness, she has to overcome her grief to be able to raise their daughter with much joy and love.
Locke’s sister, Attica Locke (who recently produced ‘When They See Us,’ for Netflix) will adapt the book for the screen and be the showrunner. She executive produces the show alongside the Saldana sisters, Whitherspoon, Lauren Neustadter, Richard Abate, and Jermaine Johnson.
“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.”
The book was published in April and was the May election for Reese’s Book Club which led it to bestseller status.
“Tembi’s memoir is a raw and tender exhibition of life in all its pieces” Witherspoon added.
“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 onscreen. 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.”