‘Boycott’ to get HBO’s backing

Civil rights saga starring Wright, Howard debuts February 2001

HBO Films will produce “Boycott,” a film dramatizing the mid-1950s public bus boycott pivotal to the civil-rights movement. Pic is slated to debut on HBO in February, which is Black History Month.

Jeffrey Wright (“Shaft”) and Terrence Howard (“Big Momma’s House”) will star, while Clark Johnson (“Homicide: Life on the Street”) will direct. Shelby Stone and Norman Twain are the exec producers; Preston L. Holmes is producing.

Herman Daniel Farrell III and Timothy J. Sexton penned the script.

Johnson is repped by UTA.