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Harriet Tubman Biopic in Development From ‘Homeland’ Director

A movie about iconic abolitionist Harriet Tubman is in development from “Homeland” director Seith Mann.

The project has a working title of “Harriet.”

Tubman was born into slavery, escaped in 1849 and made more than a dozen missions to rescue about 70 slaves though the Underground Railroad. She served as a spy for the Union Army during the Civil War and campaigned for women’s suffrage.

The U.S. Treasury announced last month that Tubman will replace Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill in 2020.

Mann will direct from a script by Gregory Allen Howard. Production is expected to begin in early 2017 with Macro and New Balloon co-financing.

Producers are Debra Martin Chase (“The Princess Diaries”), Gregory Allen Howard (“Remember the Tiatans”), Macro founder/CEO Charles D. King, “Beasts of No Nation” producer Daniela Taplin Lundberg and Macro’s production president Kim Roth.

Executive producers are New Balloon’s Elizabeth Koch and Kristina Kendall; Macro’s Poppy Hanks and Bill Benenson. Co-producers are Kristen Konvitz and Charles Pugliese.

King is the only African American to rise from the mailroom to partner in WME’s 118-year history. He founded Macro last year and recently partnered with Paramount Pictures and Bron Studios to produce and finance “Fences,” starring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis.

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Howard is repped by WME and The Gotham Group. Chase is repped by CAA and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano. Lundberg is repped by WME. Mann is repped by CAA, Writ Large and Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein & Lezcano.

The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

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