Ava DuVernay and Oprah Create a New Show for OWN
Following the overwhelming success of Selma, director Ava DuVernay is teaming up with her partner-in-crime Oprah Winfrey to bring the novel Queen Sugar to the small screen on OWN.
The novel, written by author Natalie Baszile, will tell the tale of L.A. mogul Charley Bordelon who returns home to Louisiana after inheriting her father’s sugar cane farm.
"I loved this book and immediately saw it as a series for OWN," Oprah revealed in a press release. "The story's themes of reinventing your life, parenting alone, family connections and conflicts and building new relationships are what I believe will connect our viewers to this show."
DuVernay will write, direct and executive produce the show alongside Winfrey, who will also star in a couple episodes of the show.
"From the moment I was introduced to the book, I was captivated by the idea of a modern woman wrestling with identity, family, culture and the echoes of history," DuVernay told Variety.
Production is set to begin towards the end of the year, and no word yet on who else is set to join the cast.