Denzel and Viola both won Tony Awards for their performance in the 2010 Broadway revival of “Fences,” (first performed in 1985).
The Paramount Pictures film is about an African American father and former baseball player now working as a garbage collector in Pittsburgh, and raising a family. The film takes place in the 1950’s, and portrays Washington’s character dealing with struggles of race relations and coming to grips with certain events happening to him with his family, work, etc.
Denzel not only stars in the film, but he also works on it as producer and director. Todd Black and Scott Rudin are also producers on the project along with Washington. Executive producers on the film are Molly Allen, Eli Bush, Jason Cloth, Aaron L. Gilbert, Charles King and Kim Roth.
“This important and beloved play has been a passion of Denzel’s for many years and it is with great excitement that we embark together to bring his dream project to the big screen,” Brad Grey, Paramount chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, said in a statement.
This is not Denzel’s first time working behind the scenes, nor his first time working with Paramount. The last time the two worked together was for the film ‘Flight’ in 2012, in which Washington received an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.
This will be Denzel Washington’s third time behind the camera; his first two times were movies ‘The Great Debaters’ and ‘Antwone Fisher.’
Aside from Davis and Washington the film’s cast includes Stephen Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, Jovan Adepo and Saniyya Sydney.
The screenplay is written by August Wilson. Paramount, Bron Studios, and MACRO are all co-financing ‘Fences’ together.
Written By: Daniela Posso