Amazon is developing an Octavia Butler novel as a drama series. The project comes to the streaming service courtesy of Viola Davis and Julius Tennon, whose JuVee Production has a first-look deal there.
They will be developing Wild Seed, the first of Butler’s Patternist sci-fi series. The project will be written by author Nnedi Okorafor and Kenyan filmmaker and Rafiki helmer Wanuri Kahiu.
The description, per Deadline, which first broke the news: Wild Seed is a love (and hate) story of two African immortals who travel the ages from pre-Colonial West Africa to the far, far future. Doro, a killer who uses his power to breed people like livestock, encounters Anyanwu, a healer who forces him to reassess his millennia of cruel behavior: for centuries, their personal battles change the course of our world as they struggle against the backdrop of time — master versus slave, man versus woman, killer versus healer.