Words by Jillian Bowe
Black-ish showrunner Kenya Barris is once again bringing the funny to ABC. Barris is partnering with three of his writers from the upcoming Grown-ish spinoff for a new ABC comedy, Bright Futures. According to Deadline, Barris along with Hale Rothstein, Danny Segal, and Isaac Schamis, will pen the series, which centers on a group of 20-something friends who are trying to find their way in life and evolve from the silly and clueless people they currently are into thriving, successful professionals they have the ability to become.
Barris will also serve as the executive producer for the project under his Khalabo Ink Society production company, which has netted an overall deal at ABC studios with Rothstein. Segal and Schamis will also board the project as co-executive producers. No word on when Bright Futures will hit airwaves.
2017 has become a huge year for Barris, in addition to being in the fourth season of the highly popular ABC sitcom Black-ish, getting a 12 episode pick up order by Freeform for Grown-ish, and the latest comedy Bright Futures, Barris has also nabbed a huge win this past summer with the smash hit Girls Trip he co-wrote with Tracy Oliver (Barbershop: The Next Cut, Survivor’s Remorse, The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl).
The all-female comedy starring Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish dominated the box office becoming the highest grossing live-action comedy with over $100 million in ticket sales. Last week it was also announced Barris will be penning a Coming to America sequel. The Hollywood Reporter announced Barris was tapped to rewrite the script of the 1988 film romantic comedy, starring Eddie Murphy as the loveable yet clueless Prince of Zamunda Akeem and Arsenio Hall as his best friend and aide Semmi who travel to Queens, New York in search of a bride.