FX is hopping aboard the Octavia E. Butler adaptation train, and we couldn’t be happier! TVLine reports that Kindred, Butler’s Hugo Award-winning sci-fi novel from 1979, received a series order from the network.
According to TVLine, the new show follows Dana (Mallori Johnson), a young Black woman and aspiring writer who relocates to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams. However, Dana finds herself shunted between a 19th-century plantation and her modern-day home.
There, she meets her ancestors, and an “interracial romance threads through her past and present.” Dana must confront the secrets of her past in this pulsating, genre-bending sci-fi world.
Besides Johnson, the rest of Kindred‘s cast includes Ryan Kwanten, Micah Stock, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy and David Alexander Kaplan. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Watchmen) serves as showrunner, writer and executive producer. Courtney Lee-Mitchell also executive produces and possesses the rights to the novel. Janicza Bravo helms the first episode. FX initially ordered the pilot in March 2021.
Nick Grad, FX Original Programming Chief, had this to say regarding the series order of Kindred:
Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has done a phenomenal job of adapting Kindred for FX and honoring the legacy and timeless value of Octavia Butler’s groundbreaking novel. The pilot directed by Janicza Bravo is brilliant and we can’t wait to resume production with this incredibly talented and dedicated cast.
I’m excited to see how Jacobs-Jenkins and co. adapt Kindred for the small screen! It’s a vital, beautifully written story that deserves an adaptation for the contemporary world.
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