Disney Branded Television to Feature Shawn Amos’ Debut Novel Cookies and Milk on screen with an animated series currently in development. The project comes from Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland of Cinema Gypsy Productions (blackish), Jesse Murphy and James Sears Bryant of Jesse James Films and Shawn Amos.
The semi-autobiographical Cookies and Milk is inspired by the childhood of Shawn Amos, blues musician and son of the iconic Wallace “Wally” Amos, Jr., founder of the famous chocolate chip cookie brand Amos. the Cookies and Milk teleplay follows the summer adventures of harmonica-playing college boy Ellis Johnson as he reluctantly helps his wildly optimistic and possibly magical father open the world’s first cookie shop in 1970s Hollywood, in California.
“It’s an absolute hit to bring Shawn Amos’s humorous and heartfelt book to Disney television screens and, with the guiding vision, credibility and track record of our creative team at Cinema Gypsy and Jesse James Films, we are looking forward to telling this authentic and relatable story of belonging, self-acceptance and forgiveness,” said Ayo Davis, President of Disney Branded Television.
Fishburne and Sugland added, “We are thrilled to be collaborating with Shawn Amos, Ayo Davis and the talented team at Disney Branded Television. Shawn’s semi-autobiographical novel, Cookies and Milk, is partly based on his own experiences as the son of Wally “Famous” Amos. This humorous and heartwarming exploration of summer fun and friendship seen through the eyes of a young black boy raised by his divorced father is full of joy, self-discovery and lots of unconditional love.
Jesse James Films acquired TV and film rights to the upcoming novel in June 2020. Amos’ Cookies and Milk
Brian Egeston (“The Game,” the upcoming “On A Wing and A Prayer” film) is named co-executive producer and editor. Cookies and Milk will be released on May 24, 2022. The book is published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
“We are thrilled to have found the right home for this show with Disney Television Animation, Laurence and Helen. Shawn has created such a beautiful reimagining of his childhood in a narrative that we hope will universally connect with audiences on and off the page,” Murphy and Sears Bryant added.
“What a dream to see this black kid from Hollywood become a Disney character. I wrote Cookies and Milk for my son to help him understand his family, his culture and himself,” Amos said. “I hope kids of all colors will see something for themselves in Ellis. I’m so grateful to Helen, Jesse and Laurence for standing up for my story. I know it’s in good hands with them and the deeply creative people at Disney.
Cookies and Milk marks the second animated project at Disney for Cinema Gypsy, which has a first deal with ABC Signature, and is in production on Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur for Disney Channel.
In addition to the aforementioned executive producers, Brian Egeston (The game) serves as co-executive producer and editor.
Fishburne and Cinema Gypsy Productions are represented by CAA, Landmark Artists Management and attorneys Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano Bobb & Dang. Jesse James Films is represented by 3 Arts Entertainment and Crowe & Dunlevy. Egeston is represented by manager Adam Robinson at The Rookery, The Gersh Agency and Goodman, Genow, Schenkman, Smelkinson & Christopher LLP. Amos is represented by Barnes & Thornburg, LLP.