Ava DuVernay to Develop TV Series Adaption of Octavia Butler’s ‘Dawn’

Ava DuVernay

The only thing better than news of an Ava DuVernay-developed TV series adaption of literary legend Octavia Butler’s Dawn, is news of an Ava DuVernay-developed TV series adaption of literary legend Octavia Butler’s Dawn on Book Lovers Day. Dawn is the first book of what is arguably the best Sci-fi trilogy ever and DuVernay is partnering with fellow director (and writer) Victoria Mahoney and Charles D. King’s Macro Ventures for the development of this work. Mahoney will write, as Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Allen Bain, Gary Pearl, Thomas L. Carter, and Teddy Smith will join DuVernay and King as Executive Producers, along with Forward Movement, Oil & Cattle and Bainframe as additional producers. We all should absolutely [re]read Dawn for the culture, but the story follows Lilith Iyapo, a Black woman, as she holds the fate of the last of human race, rescued by aliens after a World War III-like nuclear apocalypse, in her hands.

This exciting announcement comes on the heels of the equally exciting news that Barry Jenkins will be bringing James Baldwin’s If Beale Street Could Talk to film. But this futuristic, Black motion picture monument means that Miss Ava alone is behind three novel-turned-films/series including the forthcoming, Disney live-action movie A Wrinkle in Time (by Madeleine L’Engle) which stars Oprah Winfrey, and OWN Network’s hit series Queen Sugar (by Natalie Baszile).

The first of Octavia Butler’s works to be adapted for television comes 11 ½ years after her death, but at a pivotal moment in the film world. And Ava DuVernay isn’t just blazing a trail with her contributions to the shift. She’s smoldering the flames and laying smooth pavement for a road that leads to better representation in Hollywood, open to anyone who wants to follow her. An undoubtedly deserved congratulations and overdue thank you to you, Ava!

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