Amazon Prime is scheduled to release a new series inspired by Sandra Bullock’s time at East Carolina University as a student. Bullock will be one of the executive producers of the series alongside John Legend and Akiva Goldsman.
According to news source Deadline, the untitled series, set to be written and executively produced by executive producer K.C. Perry, is a dramatic comedy which takes place in the deep south in the 1980s, where an isolated young woman tries to figure out her identity in a world of music and dance, as well as find community and love.
“Loosely inspired by Bullock’s college years, the show is described as a hilarious, boundary-crossing, and often soul-wrenching trek through the oppressive cultural norms of the deep south in the 1980s,” Deadline reported.
Bullock performed in various ECU theater productions, such as “Peter Pan” and “The Three Sisters,” according to Deadline.
The series’ creation came from conversations between Bullock and Goldsman, and Legend and director Marja Lewis-Ryan took the idea a step further and decided to develop a series. Lewis-Ryan will serve as a consulting producer, according to Variety.
Bullock, Legend and Goldsman are all Academy Award-winners, with Bullock winning Best Actress for her role in the 2009 film “The Blind Side,” Goldsman winning Best Adapted Screenplay for his role in “A Beautiful Mind,” which was released in 2002, and Legend for Best Original Song for the 2015 film, “Selma,” Variety said in an article.
According to Variety, Bullock has also served as an executive producer for George Lopez’s self-titled comedy series. Goldsman holds producing credits for “Star Trek: Discovery,” “Titans”, “Fringe”, and “Childhood’s End.” Legend has served as an executive producer for the television series “Sing It On” and the film “La La Land.”
Students and faculty of ECU are anticipating the premiere of the series on Amazon Prime, and many students have already voiced their excitement on social media.