Kasi Lemmons to direct ‘Agaat’ adaptation

Novel follows South African family and maid through apartheid years

Kasi Lemmons has come on board to direct an adaptation of South African novel “Agaat,” by author Marlene Van Niekerk.

The book’s feature rights have been optioned by Patrick Holzen together with Mark R. Harris and Debbie Vandermeulen.

Lemmons has just delivered the adaptation of Zadie Smith’s novel “On Beauty” and is signed to direct “Black Nativity” for Fox Searchlight.

“Agaat” is set in South Africa in the apartheid era of the 1950s into the 1990s, on a farm run by a desperately unhappy white couple. Ever-present in their lives is their half-adopted, half-enslaved black maid, Agaat.

The novel was published in the U.S. on April 27, 2010 — “Freedom Day” as it’s known in South Africa, which marks the anniversary of the country’s first free elections and the day Nelson Mandela was elected president.

The film will be co-produced by Do Productions in South Africa.

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