Kenyan Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu To Direct Amazon Series With Viola Davis

Rafiki Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu
Wanuri Kahiu

‘Wild Seed’ a developing adaptation Of Octavia Butler Novel At Amazon by Viola Davis, will be scripted by author  Nnedi Okorafor and Rafiki filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu. The project comes to the streaming service courtesy of Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, under JuVee Production.

According to Deadline who first broke the news,  identification of rising star Wanuri Kahiu triggered developing an adaptation Of Octavia Butler Novel dubbed ‘Wild Seed’

“JuVee had pursued the rights to the book for over two years, but it wasn’t until they identified rising talent Kahiu, who was tapped to direct as well as write the pilot with her friend and colleague Okorafor, that the vision became clear on how to turn the beloved book into a TV show. With their idea for a TV series and the Butler estate’s blessings, the project was taken to the marketplace with multiple bids, ” read the report

Wild Seed, a love (and hate) story of two African immortals who travel the ages from pre-Colonial West Africa to the far, far future is set to honor Octavia Butler scope of work as a visionary. Viola Davis said the book will help them fulfil their legacy to be disrupters and share Octavia’s work with the world.

“ It is as epic, as game-changing, as moving and brilliant as any Science Fiction novel ever written. Julius and I are proud to have this masterpiece in our hands. It fullfills our promise and. Octavia Butler was a visionary and we look forward to honoring the scope of her work and sharing it with the world,” she said.

For Wanuri and Okofar, Wild Seed will merge mystical and the scientific seamlessly in an expansive, disturbing and unique way.

“We love Octavia Butler and her work and have for decades. But Wild Seed is our favorite. It’s expansive, disturbing, and unique. Wild Seed stays with you. It’s a love/hate story of African immortals that connects people on the African continent to the Diaspora. It merges the mystical and the scientific seamlessly. You’re going to see shape-shifting, body jumping, telepaths, people born with the ability to defy the laws of physics, all in the context of our past, present, and future world,” they noted

Rafiki Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu has blossomed into a global sensation. Despite Rafiki missing out an Oscar nomination under the Best Foreign Language Film category, Wanuri’s creative mind has opened up to greater opportunities.

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