Barack & Michelle Obama Reveal The Netflix Shows & Films They're Working On
By Lauren Crawford
May 1, 2019
Get your Netflix account ready — the Obamas are coming!
On Tuesday (April 30), the streaming service unveiled the first seven projects Former President Barack Obama and Former First Lady Michelle Obama will release under their production company, Higher Ground.
The announcement came a year after the couple revealed they'd entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix "to create content that embodies the core values of celebrating the human spirit through struggles and triumph; facing adversity through resilience, determination, and hope; lifting up new voices and stories to bring about change; and transcending divides to bring us together."
As far as their first seven projects go, the content will include a range of fiction and non-fiction projects — basically they're making everything from children shows to a post-WWII period drama. "We love this slate because it spans so many different interests and experiences, yet it’s all woven together with stories that are relevant to our daily lives,” Michelle said in statement in Netflix's Tuesday press release. "We think there’s something here for everyone—moms and dads, curious kids, and anyone simply looking for an engaging, uplifting watch at the end of a busy day. We can’t wait to see these projects come to life—and the conversations they’ll generate."
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama have entered into a multi-year agreement to produce films and series for Netflix, potentially including scripted series, unscripted series, docu-series, documentaries, and features.— Netflix US (@netflix) May 21, 2018
Check out a complete rundown of their seven projects in development, per Netflix's press release, below:
"The acclaimed film takes a deep dive into a post-industrial Ohio, where a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant and hires two thousand blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America."
"Bloom is an upstairs/downstairs drama series set in the world of fashion in post-WWII New York City that depicts barriers faced by women and by people of color in an era marked by hurdles but also tremendous progress."
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
The feature-length biopic about Frederick Douglass is an "adaptation of author David W. Blight's Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom, for which he won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in History. TheNew York Times called the book 'an ambitious and empathetic biography of a major American life.' "
The scripted anthology series is "adapted from The New York Times’ ongoing obituary column 'Overlooked,' telling the stories of remarkable people whose deaths were not reported by the newspaper."
Listen to Your Vegetables & Eat Your Parents
The show will be a half-hour preschool series that "will take young children and their families around the globe on an adventure that tells us the story of our food."
A non-fiction series, based on Big Short and Moneyball author Michael Lewis' book The Fifth Risk: Undoing Democracy that "will aim to portray the importance of unheralded work done by everyday heroes guiding our government and safeguarding our nation."
A "feature-length documentary film in production that is supported by the Sundance Institute and acquired earlier this year by Higher Ground and Netflix. Just down the road from Woodstock, in the early 1970s, a parallel revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers that would transform young lives, and America forever by helping to set in motion the disability rights movement."
Higher Ground expects to make additional project announcements in the coming months.
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