LOS ANGELES, July 12 (UPI) -- A TV movie based on Kitty Kelley's "Oprah: A Biography" is in the works, Hollywood's Larry A. Thompson Organization said Monday.
Thompson, a veteran filmmaker, said he is basing his story on Kelley's biography, which was published by Crown Publishers, a division of Random House.
"Oprah Winfrey's fascinating journey from rural Mississippi to the world stage is packed with simple truths and complicated personalities," Thompson said in a statement. "Kitty Kelley's extensively-researched book offers us the factual foundation to frame our cinematic portrait of this powerful and beloved icon. Casting someone to play Oprah will be the real challenge. We are planning to audition both known and unknown actresses."
"Few Hollywood filmmakers are as experienced as Larry Thompson at understanding and dramatically exploring the emotional complexities of famous people," Kelley said. "That's why I was pleased that he chose my book upon which to base his movie. Compelling biographies of great people must separate myth from fact and hype from truth."