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Yahya Abdul-Mateen II to Star in ‘Scent of Burnt Flowers’ Limited Series From Blitz Bazawule, Macro TV Studios

Yahya Abdul-Mateen
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Macro Television Studios is developing the limited series “The Scent of Burnt Flowers” from Blitz Bazawule with Yahya Abdul-Mateen II attached to star and executive produce.

Bazawule will write, direct, and executive produce the six-episode series under his newly formed production company Inward Gaze. The series is described as a geopolitical fugitive thriller. Set in the 1960’s where The Civil Rights struggle in America and the independence movement in Africa have reached their zenith, the story follows Melvin and Bernadette, an African American couple on the run, and the charismatic Ghanaian musician, Kwesi (Abdul-Mateen), whom they lean on to preserve their freedom.

The series is based on Bazawule’ upcoming first novel of the same name, which will be released in 2022. In competitive bidding wars, Ballantine Books/Penguin Random House won the book publishing rights and Macro Television Studios won the television rights.

Along with Bazawule and Abdul-Mateen, Charles D. King, Marta Fernandez, and Ahmadou Seck will executive produce for Macro Television Studios along with Gabriel Mena and Natalia Williams of M88.

Bazawule’s past credits include the features “Black Is King” and “The Burial of Kojo.” He is also attached to direct the upcoming musical adaptation of “The Color Purple.”

Abdul-Mateen won an Emmy last year for his role in the hit HBO limited series “Watchmen.” He is also known for his role in the Netflix series “The Get Down” and for features such as “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” “Aquaman,” and “Us.” He will also star in the upcoming films “Candyman” and “The Matrix 4.”

Bazawule is repped by CAA, M88 and Granderson Des Rochers. Abdul-Mateen II is repped by WME, M88 and Ziffren Brittenham.