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Ava DuVernay, Black Women and Aliens Are About to Save the World

Ava DuVernay has had her foot on the pedal since 2014’s Selma, and she’s showing no signs of letting up. With huge big screen projects already slated to kickstart the 44-year-old’s 2018, DuVernay has also signed on to adapt Octavia Butler’s 1987 novel, Dawn, as a television series.

Butler’s book chronicles the journey of a group of black women and aliens determined to revive the human race 250 million years after most of it was wiped out by nuclear warfare. It will be the first time a book by Butler—who was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010—is adapted for television. The writer and novelist passed away in 2006, but she’s recognized as a literary pioneer who embedded social and political statements and predictions into her work. Along with Dawn, Butler is recognized for the world-renowned books Adulthood and Imago.

DuVernay stepped away from Marvel’s Black Panther, but her adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time for Disney is slated to hit theaters in March. In addition, she’s teamed with Netflix for a docu-series on the Central Park Five that will debut in 2019 and signed on to direct a Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o flick inspired by a viral tweet. Recently, she received eight Emmy nominations for her 13th documentary.

No release date has been set for the Dawn adaptation.


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