Prentice Penny, showrunner and executive producer of the series Insecure, has lined up his feature directorial debut at Netflix. It will be a father-son story titled Uncorked, with Mamoudou Athie (Patti Cake$) set to star alongside Niecy Nash (Claws) and Emmy winner Courtney B. Vance (American Crime Story).
Penny has penned the script, which is loosely based on his own family history. The premise follows a young man who, fuelled by his love of wine, strives to become a master sommelier, all while having to deal with his father’s expectation that he will take over the family barbecue business.
Uncorked has become a true passion project for Penny, who said in a statement:
“It’s rare that black people get to tell a father-son story without the father’s absence serving as the catalyst for the story. That was never my experience and I think it’s more important than ever that art reflects our humanity and who we are as regular people, rather than just being defined by the colour of our skin or the trauma that has happened to us”.
Insecure recently wrapped its third season, and Penny’s other credits include work on shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine and Happy Endings.
Netflix’s Original Film department has been sort of all over the place, but they have found success in the intimate indie drama, where there are some hidden gems. Uncorked sounds like it will fit right in, and it’s another instance of Netflix giving a fresh new voice a chance to to bring their vision to life with their directorial debut.