Amazon Recruits Wanuri Kahiu & Nnedi Okorafor to Develop New Drama Series

Amazon Prime Video is developing “Wild Seed”, a drama series based on the first book in Octavia E. Butler’s acclaimed Patternist sci-fi series.

High-flying Kenyan film director Wanuri Kahiu and Nigeria’s author Nnedi Okorafor will write the project following a chase for rights by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions.

Juvee Production has been trying to access the book’s rights for almost two years.

Wild Seed was the first time chronologically and third to be published in the five-book Patternmaster series from  Science Fiction Hall of Famer Butler, who died in 2006 at the age of 58.

It’s a favorite for both Kahiu and Okorafor who grew up reading the book.

“We love Octavia Butler and her work and have for decades. But Wild Seed is our favorite. It’s expansive, disturbing, and unique,” said Kahiu and Okafor.

“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.”

Even though JuVee Productions pursued the masters for long and wanted to convert it into a drama series, it wasn’t until they met Kahiu and Okorafor that their smokey vision turned into something.

“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.” Deadline reports.

“We couldn’t think of more perfect partners to bring Octavia’s feminist century-spanning epic to life than Viola Davis, JuVee Productions and the brilliant creative team of Wanuri Kahiu and Nnedi Okorafor — and we are so excited to be working with the tenacious and passionate Amazon team, whose enthusiasm for Wild Seed seems immeasurable,” added Ernestine Walker and Merrilee Heifetz, the Octavia E. Butler Estate and Literary Executor.

Wild Seed announcement comes just days after Millie Bobby Brown and Wanuri Kahiu announced they are teaming up to adapt acclaimed YA novel The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin.

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