Ava DuVernay, Charles D. King’s Macro & Victoria Mahoney To Bring Octavia E. Butler’s Sci-Fi Novel ‘Dawn’ For TV

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Ava DuVernay, Charles D. King’s Macro & Victoria Mahoney To Bring Octavia E. Butler’s Sci-Fi Novel ‘Dawn’ For TV
Posted by Wilson Morales

August 9, 2017

Source: Deadline

Deadline is reporting that Ava DuVernay, Charles D. King’s Macro and director-writer Victoria Mahoney are adapting Octavia E. Butler’s classic 1987 science fiction novel Dawn for television.

Mahoney will write the series about an African-American woman who works with aliens to resurrect the human race 250 years after a nuclear war.

In Dawn, after war has culminated in a nuclear apocalypse and the near extermination of the human race, the survivors are rescued by an alien species and kept in suspended animation on an Earth-like spaceship. Lilith Iyapo, a black woman, is the first to be awakened and is chosen to lead her people into an uncertain future. She is faced with a choice: adapt or die. But, what good is survival if it comes at the cost of humanity?

Dawn is the first book in what has been called Butler’s Lilith’s Brood trilogy, which also includes 1988’s Adulthood Rites and 1989’s Imago.

King and DuVernay will executive produced the Dawn series along with Kim Roth, Poppy Hanks, Allen Bain, Gary Pearl, Thomas L. Carter and Teddy Smith. King’s media company Macro, Forward Movement, Oil & Cattle and Bainframe will produce.

The site states that the estate of Butler, who died in 2006, was represented in this deal by the agent for the estate, Merrilee Heifetz of Writers House, LLC, with Gary Pearl.

A prolific author who used sci-fi to address issues of race, gender and hierarchy, among others, Butler in 1995 was the first writer in the genre to be awarded the MacArthur Fellowship aka the Genius Grant. She also won two Hugo Awards, two Nebula Awards and the PEN Lifetime Achievement Award.  Butler died in 2006 and was posthumously inducted into The Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2010.

DuVernay is repped by CAA and Del, Shaw. Mahoney is repped by Verve, the Mission Entertainment and Hirsch Wallerstein.


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