The six-episode series is based on the novel of the same name by Walter Mosley, who will adapt the book for the screen. Jackson stars as the titular Ptolemy Grey, a 91 year old man forgotten by his family, by his friends, by even himself. On the brink of sinking even deeper into a lonely dementia, Ptolemy experiences a seismic shift when he’s given the tremendous opportunity to briefly regain his memories, and uses this precious and fleeting lucidity to solve his nephew’s death and come to terms with his past.
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Jackson and Mosley will both executive produce the series, along with David Levine and Eli Selden of Anonymous Content and Diane Houslin. Apple Studios will produce.
Jackson previously partnered with Apple on the release of the film “The Banker,” in which he starred opposite Anthony Mackie. This also marks the second series starring role Jackson has signed onto in his career. Variety exclusively reported in September that Jackson would reprise the role of Nick Fury in a new series for Disney Plus, which was confirmed to be based on the “Secret Invasion” comics during Disney Investors Day.
Jackson is repped by ICM, Anonymous Content, and Jackoway Austen Tyerman.
Mosley is the author of over sixty books and was recently awarded the National Book Award’s Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. His work has previously been adapted into television and film, including the 1995 feature “Devil in a Blue Dress” starring Denzel Washington. He has also written for shows like “Snowfall” at FX.
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