Ava DuVernay (Selma, A shortcut in time) is developing an untitled romantic drama series for Starz, where he landed a three-year storyline-series engagement. Lauren Ridloff (Eternals, The Walking Dead) and Joshua Jackson (Fringe, when they see us) are both for star and executive production. Ridloff and Jackson once starred side-by-side in a Broadway production of Children of an inferior God.
The story follows two polar opposite people who become intertwined in a love affair that turns their world upside down – and that of everyone around them.
The drama will tell “what it takes to fall and stay in radical, rebellious love. One person is ambitious, while the other is restless. One is ready to commit, while the other debates the merits of the relationship. One is black and the other is white. One is deaf and the other is not. Although very different, the two are emotionally and physically attracted to each other despite personal expectations and audience assumptions. Their attraction passionately disrupts notions of race, gender, class, physical ability, and normative culture, elevating to true love that transcends difference.
Catherine BusbyPresident of Starz Original Programming, said, “There’s nothing quite like this series on TV and we’re thrilled to be in development with Ava, a trailblazer and unparalleled champion of diversity. Lauren is a true inspiration and, along with Joshua, a brilliant veteran actor, they will bring their incredible talents to this project – both in front of and behind the camera. This series exemplifies our #TakeTheLead mission, and we couldn’t be prouder.”
DuVernay added, “On behalf of my producing partner Paul Garnes and everyone at Array Filmworks, I am thrilled to be developing this passionate project with Lauren, Josh and Kat. Starz and Warner Bros. Television have made a production commitment. bold to immediately explore three seasons, and we’re thrilled and ready to begin what I hope will be a great journey for everyone involved.”
DuVernay will oversee the writing of the project, which would potentially have three seasons and a total of 18 episodes.