Ava DuVernay and Oprah Creating Drama Series for OWN

Ava DuVernay Oprah OWN Network

Oprah is teaming up with Selma director, Ava DuVernay for a new original OWN series.

Ava DuVernay's career is taking off. The filmmaker is teaming up with Oprah to create a new series for the Oprah Winfrey Network based off the critically acclaimed novel, Queen Sugar. Read more Was ‘Selma’ Snubbed at the 72nd Annual Golden Globes? Ava DuVernay will work as the writer, director and executive producer on the series, while Oprah will executive produce and have a recurring role in the series. The novel was written by Natalie Baszile, and is described as a mother-daughter story about reinvention.
Adapted from the celebrated first-time novel "Queen Sugar" by Natalie Baszile, the contemporary series will chronicle a spirited woman who leaves her upscale Los Angeles lifestyle behind to claim an inheritance from her recently departed father – an 800-acre sugar cane farm in the heart of Louisiana. Her world and identity are turned upside down as she and her teenage daughter attempt to navigate a new and very different environment while rebuilding their farm from scratch. She is met with curiosity and community, with resistance and romance. It isn't long before a transformation begins and she realizes that she's been living a lot farther from her Southern roots than mere miles.
It is nice to see that Oprah Winfrey is working with someone other than Tyler Perry. Tyler Perry currently writes, directs and produces three shows for OWN, If Loving You is WrongLove Thy Neighbor and The Haves and the Have Nots. Read more Crew Members and Extras Nearly Killed on Set of ‘Selma’ Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey worked together in the Oscar nominated movie, SelmaDuVernay is currently in pre-production on a new film about Hurricane Katrina and filming is expected to start in the next few months. What do you think?Discuss this story with fellow Project Casting fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @projectcasting. Image Credit: Everett Collection /

What's Featured:

How to Get Cast in Starz 'Power Book IV: Force'

STARZ 'Power Book IV: Force' cast, casting calls, auditions, and news you should know.  The American crime drama television series 'Power Book IV: Force' p...

How to Get Cast in Netflix's 'Rustin'

Netflix's 'Rustin' cast, casting calls, auditions, and news you should know. The American drama film 'Rustin' was based on a screenplay by Dustin Lance Black an...