The Obamas' Higher Ground Boards Sam Esmail's Netflix Pic 'Leave The World Behind'

The Obamas' Higher Ground Boards Sam Esmail's Netflix Pic 'Leave The World Behind' ...

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama's production company have arrived on board the upcoming film for.

Rumaan Alam's acclaimed third novel about a family vacation on Long Island that is interrupted by two strangers bearing news of a mysterious blackout will be released. Both families must decide how best to survive the potential catastrophe, all while adjusting to their own position in this uncertain world.

Leave the World Behind was announced as one of Barack Obama's Summer Favorites, as well as as a Read with Jenna Today Show Pick; a finalist for the 2020 National Book Awards; and Best Book of the Year by The Washington Post, NPR, Time, Esquire and Elle, among others. Esmail assisted the screenplay adaptation, and is producing with Chad Hamilton, alongside Roberts, Lisa Gillan, and Marisa Yeres Gill for Red Om Films. At Higher Ground, Tonia Davis

Higher Ground was founded in 2018 by the Obamas as a way to make powerful stories that delight, inform, and inspire while simultaneously elevating diverse voices in entertainment. Its first film, American Factory, is released for Best Documentary Feature. Its first podcast, The Michelle Obama Podcast, is the most listened to Spotify Original to date.

Nadia Hallgren's Becoming, the Oscar-nominated documentary Crip Camp, and Fatherhood, directed by Kevin Hart, are among the filmmakers' films on television, including Our Great National Parks, Waffles + Mochi, We the People, and Ada Twist, a scientist.

Other upcoming projects include George C. Wolfe's role Rustin, starring Colman Domingo, that reveals Bayard Rustin's history as a civil rights advocate; the feature documentary Descendant, which was commissioned by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and received the US Documentary Special Jury Award for Creative Vision during the 2022 Sundance Film Festival; the anthology Blackout, which was adapted from six different love stories; and an untitled comedy series

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