August Wilson’s ‘Fences’ to Make Big Screen Debut

The movie version of the Pittsburgh native’s award-winning Broadway play is slated for a 2016 Christmas Day release.


August Wilson wrote "Fences" in the early 1980s. Three decades, a Pulitzer Prize and numerous Tony Awards later, his screenplay finally is getting a movie adaptation.

“Fences,” which was filmed in Pittsburgh’s West End and Hill District (where Wilson grew up), follows the story of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball player — who played before African-Americans were allowed in Major League Baseball — now working as a city garbage collector.

Maxson struggles with the hardships of racial tensions, his morality and keeping his family together in a progressively changing world.

Hollywood heavyweights Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star in the film. Both won Tony Awards in 2010 for their roles in the Broadway production. Wilson won a Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award for best play in 1987 for "Fences" and another in 2010 for best revival of a play.

The film is scheduled to debut Dec. 16 in New York and Los Angeles followed by a worldwide release on Christmas Day.


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