Ava DuVernay was honored last year with the introduction of her “Sheroe” Barbie, which celebrated her success as a black female director. But the Selma director is in the spotlight yet again, and this time, it’s nor for her work, but who she will be working with.
According to Women in the World, DuVernay is developing her first television show, Queen Sugar, which is based on a book of the same name written by Natalie Baszile. But, DuVernay said that the series, which will air on Oprha’s OWN, will employ “an all-female directorial team, with many of the candidates pulled from a pool of African-American independent film directors.”
Set to be filmed in New Orleans, Queen Sugar “tells the story of an African-American woman who unexpectedly inherits a sugarcane in Louisiana and leaves Los Angeles for a fresh new start in the South,” according to The Conscious Tip, an online destination to promote the education and enhancement of the African American community.
DuVernay, the first African-American woman to win the Best Director Prize at the Sundance Film Festival (an award she took home in 2012), spoke of her excitement to work on the project. “It’s an exciting time to just invite women into this show and really try to tell the story of this family of really strong women who do an amazing thing,” she said.
Although there is no set premiere date, Women in the World says that the series is slated for 13 episodes with “a release date scheduled for later this year.”