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Nnedi Okorafor at TEDGlobal 2017. Courtesy of TED

Viola Davis Is Developing a Series Based on Octavia Butler's 'Wild Seed' With Nnedi Okorafor And Wanuri Kahiu

The series, based on Butler's 1980 novel, will tell the story of "two African immortals who travel the ages from pre-Colonial West Africa to the far, far future."

Oscar-winning actor Viola Davis will team up with Nigerian sci-fi author Nnedi Okorafor and Kenyan director Wanuri Kahiu for an upcoming series adaptation of Octavia Butler's 1980 novel Wild Seed, which is being developed by Amazon under Davis' and Julius Tennon's JuVee Production company.

Okorafor and Kahiu, who are both OkayAfrica 100 Women 2019 honorees, will write the series together, and Kahiu is also slated to direct. The Rafiki filmmaker, took to Twitter to share her excitement over the news. "Dream project alert," she wrote. "See God!"

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Still from The Lion King trailer.

These Are the 9 Films We're Looking Forward to the Most in 2019

From John Boyega and Letitia Wright in "Hold Back the Stars" to Jordan Peele's "Us," these films have us pretty excited about cinema in 2019.

This year was a great one for black cinema, with films like Black Panther shattering box office records and becoming the first superhero movie nominated for Best Drama at the Golden Globes, others like Spike Lee's Black Kkklaansman tackling present-day racial dynamics by juxtaposing them with the past, and others like the Kenyan film Rafiki boldly tackling homophobic attitudes on the continent and beyond through its portrayal of young lesbian love.

The success of such films from the continent and diaspora has us uniquely excited about the film prospects for 2019. This year was full of announcements of exciting new projects from some of our favorite actors in the game.

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