Ava DuVernay Is Set To Direct New Film Based On Hurricane Katrina
There’s no denying that Selma director, Ava DuVernay, deserved to get an Oscar nomination for creating such a critically-acclaimed film. But life does not stop there, and neither will her filmmaking.
DuVernay and Selma star David Oyelowo are teaming up again to create a film that chronicles a love story and a murder mystery, based during the time that Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in 2005. Collaborating with Participant Media, DuVernay is set to take the role of writer, director and producer of the upcoming project, while Oyelowo is negotiating to produce and star in it.
“The story we’re interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself,” DuVernay said. “I’m looking forward to the journey.”
Jeff Skoll and Johnathan King of Participant Media will be the new film’s executive producers.
“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,” King said, according to Variety. “Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time.”
No start date or title for the film has been announced as yet.