LeBron James’ production company Springhill Entertainment is preparing to take on its first scripted television drama about entrepreneur and social activist Madam C.J. Walker.
The project will star Oscar winning actress Octavia Spencer and will be based on the book On Her Own Ground by A’Lelia Bundles, Walker’s granddaughter, who will also serve as a consultant on the series, Variety reports.
James is executive producing the untitled drama with his company’s co-founder, Maverick Carter. According to Variety, Netflix is interested in the series and is likely the destination.
Madam C.J. Walker, the daughter of slaves, was orphaned at age seven, married at 14, and widowed at 20. She spent two decades laboring as a washerwoman, earning $1.50 a week. However, everything changed following Walker’s discovery of a revolutionary hair care formula for black women. By the time she died in 1919, she had built a beauty empire from the ground up, amassing wealth unprecedented among black women. She counted W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington among her friends.