'God’s Long Summer' will be written by Peter J. Meli.
Civil and voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer will be getting the biopic treatment.
Common is set to produce a feature about the life of Hammer, titled God’s Long Summer, which will follow Hamer's rise from oppressive plantation sharecropping system in 1962 Mississippi where at 44 years of age, according to the project's synopsis "she fought against the Southern political establishment, systemic racism and misogyny by exercising her right to vote and fighting for the rights of others. Labeled as plain spoken and unfit to lead the movement, Hamer captivated the nation with her powerful voice, sheer will and faith in her fight against leaders at the highest levels of state and federal government and within the Civil Rights Movement itself to help secure passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965."
Peter J. Meli will write the screenplay, based on Hamer’s 1967 autobiography To Praise Our Bridges and the book God’s Long Summer by Charles Marsh, which chronicles of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s through the struggles and triumphs of key actors, including Hamer.