Exclusively from Deadline: The Firm has acquired the rights to Elaine Brown’s 1992 memoir, A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story. Elaine Brown is an American prison activist, writer, singer, and former Black Panther Party chairwoman. She is “the first (and only) woman to lead the Black Panther Party having led it from 1974 to 1977 while co-founder Huey Newton was in exile in Cuba.”
Newton founded the party with Bobby Seale in 1966 and Brown joined as a member just two years later. She would became the editor of their publication and later the first Chairwoman of the Party. Under Elaine Brown’s leadership, the Party became involved in organizing for more radical electoral campaigns. Brown would go on to unsuccessfully run for Oakland City Council in 1975. Being a male dominated party, under Brown’s leadership the organization increased the influence of women Panthers by placing them in more visible roles.
Though a writer is currently being sought to adapt Brown’s book, the film will be produced by Robbie Brenner (Dallas Buyers Club) with The Firm’s Jeff Kwatinetz and Kevin McKeon. “Elaine is a true revolutionary. We are so thrilled to work with such an extraordinary woman and, after getting to know Elaine personally, I am deeply humbled to have the opportunity to bring her inspirational story to the big screen,” said Brenner.
Brown is still very engaged in community and activism. She ran as a Green Party candidate in 2008 and still resides in Oakland, CA.