According to SlashFilm, the classic science fiction novel “Kindred: Blood Bonds” by legendary author and trailblazer Octavia Butler has been acquired by FX.
Reports indicate that filming for the series will begin in September 2021, with no release plans at this time.
Janicza Bravo, known for her acclaimed work on “Zola,” joins as an executive producer and director. In an interview with Deadline, Bravo commented on his animation for the project, saying he had a personal connection to Butler’s writings:
“I first read ‘Kindred’ 20 years ago. I was in college. I had never seen myself in a world like this. And certainly not at its center. What looked like just a portrait of an invisible woman turned out to be a powerful embrace of our relationship to history and how it can bring us closer to the future, ”she said.
The story, published in 1979, revolves around Dana, an aspiring young black woman who tries to make a fresh start when she moves to Los Angeles. Struggling with epileptic seizures, Dana is haunted by her past – in a very real and visceral way: she is violently drawn into the past, oscillating between the present and the slavery past of the 19th century, where she meets her ancestors.
Newcomer Mallori Johnson will be the protagonist.
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (‘Watchmen’) signs the script. Courtney Lee-Mitchell, Darren Aronofsky, Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields also join as executive producers.
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