Ava DuVernay has signed a three-year script-to-series deal with Starz for a romantic drama series starring Lauren Ridloff (The Walking Dead) and Joshua Jackson (When they see us).
The news broke Thursday at the network’s first-ever #TakeTheLead Summit, where DuVernay, Ridloff and Jackson shared details about the upcoming project. In addition to starring, Ridloff and Jackson, who previously starred opposite each other in Broadway’s Children of a lesser Godwill serve as executive producers on the as yet untitled series alongside DuVernary.
According to Deadline, the half-hour drama follows two polar opposites who find themselves embroiled in a love affair that turns their world upside down. Although very different (one is black, deaf and ambitious, the other white and restless), the two are emotionally and physically attracted to each other despite personal expectations and audience assumptions. Their love disrupts notions of race, gender, class, physical ability, and normative culture.
DuVernay, who directed Best Picture nominated Selma, will lead the series’ writing team through his Peabody Award-winning collective Array Filmworks and his overall deal with Warner Bros. Television. Starz Senior Vice President of Original Programming Kathryn Tyus-Adair will oversee the series.
“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.”
Speaking at the Summit, Starz President of Original Programming Kathryn Busby said, “There’s nothing quite like this series on TV and we’re thrilled to be in development with Ava, a pioneer and an unrivaled champion of diversity.”
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