Shonda Rhimes has announced her next big move, and no, it's not another thriller featuring people wearing fantastically stylish clothes while committing nefarious acts. Instead, it's a pretty serious project, a miniseries for FX based on the bestselling nonfiction book, "The Warmth of Other Suns," by Isabel Wilkerson. The book explores the Great Migration, which is the term for the period in the 20th century during which millions of black people in the South moved to Northern and Western cities in search of a better life. It came out in 2010, and was a New York Times bestseller and critical success, earning a National Book Award.
Rimes is executive producing, while Dee Rees will direct. Rees directed the indie "Pariah," as well as the upcoming "Bessie" movie starring Queen Latifah for HBO. It's Rhimes' first show for a cable network. On Facebook, Wilkerson posted that she was "thrilled" by the news, and really, who wouldn't be thrilled to have Shonda Rhimes adapting their project for TV? That's like having Albert Einstein adapt your project for physics, and we stand by that confusing metaphor.