Picturestart to Develop Film Adaptation of Elizabeth Acevedo’s Novel “With the Fire on High”

Elizabeth Acevedo’s Fire is headed to the big screen…

Picturestart has acquired the rights to the Dominican-American poet and author’s New York Times bestselling novel With the Fire on High and will develop and produce a film that Acevedo is set to adapt.

Elizabeth Acevedo

Published in May by HarperCollins, the book tells the story of Emoni Santiago, a 17-year-old girl who must navigate the challenges of modern life in Philadelphia after becoming a single mother during her freshman year of high school. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness and pure joy for everyone in her life including her baby girl and her abuela. Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet, despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

This year, Acevedo, a slam poet, became the first woman of color to win the Carnegie Medalchildren’s book award for her novel Poet X, which also won the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literatureamong other prizes. 

Bayardo De Murguia to Star in Netflix’s Drama Series “Tiny Pretty Things”


Bayardo De Murguia is prettystoked for his new project.

Netflix has given a 10-episode order to Tiny Pretty Things, an hour-long drama series starring the Mexican American actor.

Bayardo De Murguia

Based on the book by Sona Charaipotraand Dhonielle Clayton, the project hails from writer Michael MacLennanInsurrection MediaMojo Filmsand Peacock Alley

Written by MacLennan based on the book, Tiny Pretty Things is set in the world of an elite ballet academy and charts the rise and fall of young adults who live far from their homes, each standing on the verge of greatness or ruin. As Chicago’s only elite dance school, the Archer School of Ballet serves as the company school for the city’s renowned professional company: City Works Ballet. The Archer School is an oasis for an array of dancers: rich and poor, from north and south, and a range of backgrounds. Yet they all share a rare talent and passion for dance, a loyal sense of community… and when it comes to their dreams, no Plan B.

In addition to De Murguia, the series also stars Lauren HollyKylie JeffersonCasimere JolletteDaniela NormanBrennan ClostMichael Hsu RosenDamon J. GillespieBarton CowperthwaiteTory Trowbridge and Jess Salgueiro.

Insurrection had optioned the book through its strategic relationship with the publisher HarperCollinsand spent a year developing the project before taking it to Netflix. 

De Murguia portrays Ramon, a lean god with a deep baritone, Ramon is a former bad-boy dancer turned visionary choreographer. He’s not big on criticism, especially from students, which produces friction within the Archer School of Ballet and with his girlfriend and muse of the moment, Delia.

Salgueiro plays Isabel, a cop with a dancer’s ram-rod discipline from two tours of duty in Afghanistan before she traded in one uniform for another. With her ambition and keen moral compass, she’s uniquely qualified to search for the truth of what happened during a mysterious accident at the Academy.

Shooting is currently underway in Toronto for a 2020 premiere.

De Murguia’s previous credits include appearances on television inShooter,NCIS,Matadorand Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D