‘Selma’s’ Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo Teaming on Hurricane Katrina Movie

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Selma” director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo are teaming with Participant Media to develop a feature film chronicling a love story and murder mystery during the time of Hurricane Katrina.

DuVernay will write, produce, and direct. Oyelowo is in negotiations to produce and star in the untitled project. A start date has not been set.

The project will mark the third collaboration between DuVernay and Oyelowo after “Selma” and Participant’s “Middle of Nowhere,” which won the 2012 Sundance Film Festival best director award for DuVernay. Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King will serve as executive producers.

“Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time,” said King. “Ava DuVernay has shown herself to be highly skilled at bringing intimacy and contemporary urgency to epic events. We have been looking for the right way to get back in business with Ava, and with David Oyelowo, and are proud to reteam with them on her original idea, which we believe will be a powerful film.”

DuVernay said, “The story we’re interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself. I’m looking forward to the journey.”

DuVernay is represented by Paradigm and the law firm Del, Moonves, Shaw, Tanaka and Finkelstein.

Oyelowo is repped by CAA, Inphenate and the law firm Hamilton Hodell and Schreck, Rose, Dapello and Adams.

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  1. TAMIIA GRISHAM says:

    ATTENTION BLACK PEOPLE!!! I am so tired of you whining about racism in HOLLYWOOD!! Stop it!! Do like the Jews and form your own academy!! We as Black Americans, are always chasing around trying to commingle with those who want no parts of us!! Black Hollywood should be able to come together and be a recognized force!! Blacks look so stupid always complaining!! Learn to look within and stop looking and seeking approval from whites!! Build your own studios, put your own shows on. In the end Black Hollywood complains about what’s going on with them but wouldn’t give the everyday concerns of average blacks any time!! Most of blacks in Hollywood want to be white!! I DO NOT care about racism in Hollywood!! Let the truth be told blacks in Hollywood are far removed from black America and only speak up if it brings publicity to them!! Shut up and STOP LOOKING TO WHITE HOLLYWOOD TO SUPPORT YOUR AGENDA!! If they haven’t done so in 87years, they have no plans to do so!!!! GET OVER IT!!! GET IN WHERE YOU FIT IN!!! Period!!!

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  3. Michael Anthony says:

    A love story and muder mystery during Katrina?? Not the first thing I think if when I think of one of our countries worst disasters. I wish they’d tell the true story first.

    • sbee says:

      Spike Lee produced two documentaries on Katrina: ‘When the Levees Broke’ and ‘If God Is Willing and Da Creek Don’t Rise’. This sounds like a project that will humanize the people, though not directly telling one particular real life story.

  4. Steve Goren says:

    Loved the graphics. Groundbreaking!

  5. sjohnson@raleighstudios.com says:

    I can’t wait to be apart of your next adventure.

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