first_img View Comments Eugene Lee’s play East Texas Hot Links is heading to the big screen with Samuel L. Jackson as co-executive producer. According to Deadline, Lee will adapt his play for the movie adaptation and direct. Filming is scheduled to begin in spring 2016.The play, which premiered in Los Angeles in 1991, follows a small African American community in 1955 Texas. It takes place during a single night in the Top o’ the Hill Café, where a betrayal endangers the lives of the community. The original production starred Loretta Divine.The project marks a reunion for Lee and Jackson; the two appeared in the Pulitzer winning 1982 off-Broadway play A Soldier’s Play. Both are Broadway alums, with Lee appearing in Gem of the Ocean and Jackson most recently starring as Dr. Martin Luther King in The Mountaintop.last_img