Christmas has come early for literature fans and indie movie buffs alike today, with the announcement of an upcoming television adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s novel The Underground Railroad. The National Book Award–winning novel is currently being developed into a limited series for Amazon, and is set to be adapted and directed by Moonlight’s Oscar-winning filmmaker Barry Jenkins. Talk about a match made in culture heaven.?The novel, a critical darling and favorite of Oprah and President Obama alike, follows the journey of a young slave named Cora, who escapes a Georgia cotton plantation through a literal network of underground trains that promise to take her to freedom in the North, but not without a few stops first. “It’s a groundbreaking work that pays respect to our nation’s history while using the form to explore it in a thoughtful and original way,” said Jenkins in a press release.?“Preserving the sweep and grandeur of a story like this requires bold, innovative thinking, and in Amazon we’ve found a partner whose reverence for storytelling and?freeness of form?is wholly in line with our vision.”?While the magical realist undertones of the novel might seem like a difficult story to adapt, we’re certain Whitehead’s prose in the hands of Jenkins and Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B (which has also produced 12 Years a Slave and Moonlight), will surely become TV’s next big obsession. Hollywood actresses, it’s time to start sending those head shots.