Ava DuVernay’s romantic drama arrives in a three-year series at Starz; Featured EPs Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson – Deadline

Ava DuVernay has landed a three-year scriptwriting commitment to Starz’s series on a romantic drama series with fellow executive producers Lauren Ridloff (Eternals, The Walking Dead) and Joshua Jackson (When they see us, Dr. Death) set to star. The news was announced Thursday at Starz’s first #TakeTheLead Summit where DuVernay, Ridloff and Jackson spoke about the project.

The as-yet-untitled forward-looking series follows two polar opposites who become intertwined in a love story that turns their worlds upside down – and those of everyone around them.

The half-hour drama will tell the story of 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.

Ridloff and Jackson once starred opposite each other in Broadway’s Children of a lesser God.

Kathryn Busby, President of Original Programming, Starz, who hosted the Summit conversation with the trio, said, “There’s nothing quite like this series on TV and we’re thrilled to be in development with it. Ava, a pioneer and unparalleled champion of diversity. Lauren is a true inspiration and together with Joshua, a brilliant veteran actor, they will bring their incredible talents to this project – in front of and behind the camera. This series exemplifies our #TakeTheLead mission, and we couldn’t be prouder. »

DuVernay will oversee the writing of the series through his Peabody Award-winning collective Array Filmworks and his overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. Array Filmworks and Warner Bros. Television will produce the project for Starz. The series will be overseen by Senior Vice President of Original Programming, Kathryn Tyus-Adair, on behalf of Starz.

“On behalf of my producing partner Paul Garnes and everyone at Array Filmworks, I’m thrilled to be developing this passionate project with Lauren, Josh and Kat,” said DuVernay. “Starz and Warner Bros. Television have made a bold production commitment to explore three seasons immediately, and we are thrilled and ready to begin what I hope will be a great journey for everyone involved.”

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