nnedi okorafor teases africanfuturistic production company
By Erin White
May 6, 2019
What do we do when there’s no space for our voices in popular culture? We make our own. And that’s what Hugo Award-winning author Nnedi Okorafor is doing with the announcement of her own production company, Africanfuturism Productions, Inc. Set to exclusively tell Africanfuturistic stories, Okorafor aims to create TV series that explore the intersections between race, class, technology and African diaspora culture. Even though her 2011 adult fantasy novel Who Fears Death was picked up by HBO and is being developed in part by George R. R. Martin, the fantasy writer is creating a space where we are more in control of the stories that we tell.
The details are still unknown, but Okorafor told one commenter that the project was “for real” and that “TV series are my focus right now. Film is too restrictive.”
Whatever it is, it’s finna be dope! At present, Okorafor is working with Viola Davis and Kenyan filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu (Rafiki), to adapt Octavia Butler’s Wild Seed into a TV series for Amazon. She is also writing a solo comic series for Marvel that follows Princess Shuri of Wakanda.
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