HBO, Harpo producing adaptation of Pulitzer winner

By DAVE McNARY
Oprah Winfrey may star in an HBO Films adaptation of Lynn Nottage’s play “Ruined.”
HBO’s developing the project as a potential TV movie starring vehicle for Winfrey that’s a Harpo Films production, with Nottage adapting the script from her Pulitzer Prize-winning play. Winfrey and Kate Forte are exec producers.
Nottage’s play, loosely inspired by Bertold Brecht’s “Mother Courage and Her Children,” centers on an independent businesswoman, Mama Nadi, and the women she employs in a canteen-brothel surrounded by the ongoing civil war in the Congo.
Winfrey has acted in features only a few times. She starred in “Beloved” in 1998 and in “The Color Purple” in 1985; she appeared as herself in “Ocean’s Thirteen” and “Throw Mama From the Train” and voiced characters in “The Princess and the Frog,” “Bee Movie” and “Charlotte’s Web.”

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