CBS has ‘Say’ over telefilm

Eye web to develop tale of reclusive sisters

CBS has acquired the broadcast rights to “Having Our Say,” the story of a U.S. century as seen through the eyes of the centenarian Delany sisters. The Eye web will develop the tale as a TV movie.

“Having Our Say” began as a 1991 New York Times article about the reclusive sisters, who collaborated on a bestselling book with article author Amy Hill Hearth. The story was adapted for the stage in ’95 by Emily Mann, artistic director of the McCarter Theatre.

Play was a regional theater success and enjoyed a limited run on Broadway, where it was nominated for three Tony Awards. Camille Cosby and Judith James, who together produced the play, will exec produce the telepic.

Sadie Delany, the surviving sister, now 108, said in a press release that she is delighted with the film sale. “It will be exciting to see the book turned into a movie on television,” she said. Her sister, Dr. Bessie Delany, died in 1995 at age 104.

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