Very exciting news! Ava DuVernay (Selma, 13th) and Victoria Mahoney (Queen Sugar, Yelling to the Sky) are set to adapt Octavia E. Butler‘s sci-fi novel Dawn into a television series. The series will be produced by Charles King’s production company, Macro. A sci-fi series by a legendary black woman author to be helmed by two powerful and influential black women in the film and television industry – It seriously doesn’t get any more epic than this!
The novel revolves around an African-American woman who works with aliens to resurrect the human race 250 years after a nuclear war.
Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Allen Bain, Gary Pearl, Thomas L. Carter, and Teddy Smith will executive produce the series alongside DuVernay and King with Forward Movement, Oil & Cattle and Bainframe as additional producers.
This will be the first time that Butler’s work has been adapted for television.
This will be Mahoney and DuVernay’s third collaboration. Mahoney appeared in DuVernay’s short film Say Yes in 2013, and directed episodes of Queen Sugar during the first season.
King‘s Macro is a multi-platform media company that focuses on creating premium content for African American, Latino and multicultural audiences. King left William Morris Endeavor (WME) to produce film and television projects targeting African American, Latino and multicultural audiences. MACRO is the production company behind the film adaptation of the August Wilson play Fences, and is currently in development on a feature film based on the life of Harriet Tubman titled Harriet. They are also behind the post-World II drama Mudbound directed by Dee Rees (Bessie, Pariah), and are developing a television series with Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale) and Chinaka Hodge.
We are beyond excited for this powerful collaboration!