The Vanishing Half is an adaptation of Brit Bennett’s best-selling novel about the decades-long relationship between two identical twin sisters, both light-skinned and Black, whose paths diverge and converge as they deal with lynching, domestic abuse, and colorism in America.
In February of last year, Although surprising, this is not unusual in the sector. As was already mentioned, Harris still has a long list of projects with HBO that he’s working on. HBO announced that Jeremy O. Harris, the playwright behind the ground-breaking Slave Play, would serve as a writer and executive producer on the cable network’s production. Issa Rae, Aziza Barnes, and Stephanie Allain joined him as EPs. The Daily Beast has now learned that Harris is no longer associated with The Vanishing Half, although he still has a strong slate of shows under his overall HBO deal that he is still developing. HBO issued a statement to clarify the departure, claiming that Harris was not let go from the project but rather had a different approach, further noting a creative difference as the main cause.
The statement read, “Jeremy O. Harris was not fired from ‘The Vanishing Half.’ As sometimes occurs as part of the normal development process, we’ve taken a different creative approach, and Jeremy is no longer attached to the project. He is a valued collaborator, and we currently have other projects in development with him.”
Although surprising, this is not unusual. As was already mentioned, Harris still has a long list of projects with HBO that he’s working on. He contributes significantly to shows like Euphoria for HBO, where he serves as a supervising producer and consultant, and the upcoming Alicia Vikander series Irma Vep, where he also serves as a supervising producer.
In addition to co-writing the 2021 movie Zola with Janicza Bravo, which is based on the controversial Twitter thread, Harris is well known for his Tony Award-nominated play Slave Play. He is also well-known for his performances in Emily in Paris and the HBO Max series Gossip Girl, in which he played himself. There is currently no information available regarding the series’ new writer.