Caste: Ava DuVernay Writing & Directing Feature Adaptation at Netflix
Oscar nominee and Emmy winner Ava DuVernay (13th, When They See Us, Selma) is set to write, direct, and produce the film adaptation Caste, based on the novel Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents written by Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson, according to Variety.
Caste will use a “multiple-story structure to examine the unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how our lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions dating back generations.”
DuVernay will produce the feature adaptation alongside ARRAY Filmworks’ Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes. Netflix executive Tendo Nagenda is partnering with DuVernary for the project. The two previously collaborated on Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time.
Wilkerson’s book was published in August 2020 and became a New York Times bestseller and became an Oprah’s Book Club selection.
The filmmaker’s previous projects with Netflix include the documentary 13th, which won BAFTA, Emmy, and Peabody Awards and earned DuVernay an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary Feature, becoming the first Black woman director nominated for an Oscar, and 2019’s When They See Us, a four-part limited series that received 16 Emmy nominations. DuVernay’s next collaboration with Netflix is a series she is producing based on Colin Kaepernick, Colin in Black & White.
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