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Omar Epps has landed the top role in ABC's serial adaptation of author Jason Mott's debut novel, The Returned. You might recall the December announcement that Mott's novel had been optioned by Brad Pitt’s Plan B production company, with the goal being to develop a TV drama series for ABC, based on the "high concept" novel. In light of conversations we've had on this site about the dearth of novels by black authors optioned and adapted for the screen (big or small) here in the USA, and in this case by a high profile, A-lister like Brad Pitt, it didn't take much coaxing to get me to act on the opportunity to interview Jason Mott, while I still could, »

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