Starz Is Developing A Romance Drama From Ava DuVernay, Joshua Jackson, And Lauren Ridloff

Starz is currently developing an untitled romantic drama from executive producers Ava DuVernay, Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson. Ridloff and Jackson would also play.

If the project is greenlit, it gets a straight-to-series order spanning three seasons and 18 episodes.

Kat Candler (“Queen Sugar”) will write the pilot and serve as executive producer and showrunner. Paul Garnes (“Queen Sugar”) is an executive producer.

Network President and CEO Jeffrey Hirsch made the announcement during the company’s first #TakeTheLead Summit.

The show would follow two polar opposites who become intertwined in a love story that turns their world upside down – and that of everyone around them.

Here’s the rundown of the half-hour drama: The show “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.

Ridley and Jackson have experience working together. They starred together in “Children of a Lesser God” on Broadway. The cast took part in a spotlight conversation about improving on-screen and behind-the-camera representation at the summit.

“There is nothing quite like this series on TV and we are thrilled to be in development with Ava, a pioneer and unparalleled champion of diversity. Lauren is a true inspiration and with Joshua, a brilliant veteran actor , they’ll bring their incredible talents to this project — in front of and behind the camera, Kathryn Busby, President, Original Programming, Starz, who moderated the conversation with Ridloff and Jackson, said, “This series exemplifies our #TakeTheLead mission, and we couldn’t be prouder.”

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“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.”

Array Filmworks and Warner Bros. Television will produce the project for the cable network.

Senior Vice President of Original Programming Kathryn Tyus-Adair will oversee the project for Starz.

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