The late E. Lynn Harris’ 1994 New York Times bestseller, Invisible Life, is on its way to, both, Hollywood and Broadway. After a two year long legal battle, actor Proteus Spann is readying to bring the novel to film through Spann’s E2 Productions and Edmonds Entertainment.
Not only is the critically acclaimed and sensitively mattered book going to get its big-screen debut, but Spann, who was deeply affected by the literature, is working on having the musical’s score completed by Motown legends Ashford and Simpson.
Spann told The Hollywood Reporter:
This was pre-Brokeback Mountain, so it was very difficult because the story deals with family, religion and sexual preferences… Invisible Life influenced me so much when I read it. It was my life. It answered a lot of questions that I couldn’t answer. Being a bisexual or gay man, it was difficult to figure out who to go to. Do you go to your parents? To the church?
Simultaneously, Spann is working on getting Harris’ second best-selling book Not A Day Goes By into production.
In spite of all that happened, Spann says he feels he owes it to his late friend to keep pushing to make their dream come true, by “looking for the best opportunity” afforded to him “to bring these books to life.”