Gina Prince-Bythewood (Beyond the Lights) is set to direct An Untamed State, an adaptation of Roxane Gay’s debut novel for Fox Searchlight.  Prince-Bythewood will also co-write the script with the author.

According to Deadline, The novel, An Untamed State, tells the powerful, unflinching story of a Haitian-American woman kidnapped for ransom in front of her husband and child. The novel explores the privilege that made her a target and the strength she must draw on to survive and reclaim her life.

In addition to the novel, An Untamed State (critically acclaimed by The Washington Post and Time magazine), Gay is the author of countless pieces of fiction and non-fiction.  She also published a collection of essays titled, Bad Feminist, where she writes about the representation of black lives on screen and on the page.

Michael De Luca will produce this film through his company, Michael De Luca Productions, alongside Prince-Bythewood.  Mindy Schultheis and Michael Hanel will serve as executive producers. Gugu Mbatha-Raw is set to star in the film, and can be seen next in Matthew McConaughey‘s Free State of Jones’ and in the live action updated version of Beauty and the Beast which is expected to premiere in 2017.

Prince-Bythewood and her husband, Reggie Rock Bythewood are currently the executive producers of  Shots Fired, a 10-hour event series for Fox, Imagine Television and Undisputed Cinema.  Shots Fired, starring Sanaa Lathan and Aisha Hinds, will examines the dangerous aftermath of racially charged shootings where an African American cop kills a white teen in a small town in Tennessee.

Check out the Roxanne Gay’s TED Talk: Confessions of a bad feminist below to witness a little of her brilliance:

 

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