Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Rosie O'Donnell - Executive Producer/Star of 'America'

In 2002, shortly after having E.R. Frank on her TV show, Rosie O'Donnell purchased the film rights to America.

Fast forward 6 years: Rosie is in Detroit Michigan making a movie. Shooting started yesterday.

Rosie O'Donnell will star in and executive produce America, Lifetime's look at a 15-year-old boy's struggles within the foster-care system.

America reunites O'Donnell with producer Larry Sanitsky and scribe Joyce Eliason, with whom she worked on CBS' 2005 'Riding on the Bus With My Sister'.

Yvez Simoneau (HBO's Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) will direct the telepic, which hails from Sony Pictures Television.

Scheduled to premiere in February, the made-for-TV-movie is based on E.R. Frank's book. Rosie O'Donnell will play the therapist who guides the pictures title character, America, beyond his troubled past. O'Donnell is joined by Ruby Dee, who co-stars as one of the boy's caretakers.

Tanya Lopez, Senior VP, Original Movies, Lifetime Networks remarked, "We are truly inspired by Rosie's passion for this project. She's an incredible advocate for reforming the foster care system and a strong voice for children. She adds, "Rosie really understands the issues of these kids 'aging out' of the system without any resources to prepare them for life on their own and this film shines a light on this tragic crisis."

1 comment:

Jan said...

Thanks for the info about her movie! Looking forward to seeing it!