Ava DuVernay is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after filmmakers working today, and is now adapting Octavia E. Butler’s 1987 sci-fi novel “Dawn” for TV. No networks or streaming services are currently attached, but DuVernay will be joined by Charles D. King and Victoria Mahoney in producing this series.
“Dawn” is the first novel in Butler’s “Lilith’s Brood” series. The story follows Lilith Lyapo who wakes up on a spaceship hundreds of years after the human race has nearly exterminated itself with nuclear weapons. She is recruited by an alien race to repopulate earth by reproducing with the remaining humans, creating human-alien hybrids. Oh, and the aliens have tentacles coming out of their faces.
DuVernay is currently directing Disney’s adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s classic “A Wrinkle in Time,” which is set for release on March 9, 2018. Helming a blockbuster of this size, DuVernay made headlines as she became the first woman of color to direct a live-action movie with a budget of more than $100 million.
DuVernay’s 2014 film “Selma” was nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards, and won Best Original Song. This made DuVernay the first black female director to have her film nominated for Best Picture. Her 2016 documentary “13th” (available on Netflix) was nominated in 2017 for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
Whether or not DuVernay will be lending her directorial talents to this “Dawn” is unclear, but she will serve as executive producer. While we wait for more information, check out the incredible trailer for “A Wrinkle in Time.”
Feature Image Via HuffPost.