2 Kenyan Filmmakers Made Boss Moves This Week

I recently wrote about Wanuri Kahiu bagging a role at Hollywood. She scored yet another job. She will be scripting and directing a new TV series commissioned by American streaming service, Amazon. Dorothy Ghettuba, a well-known Kenyan filmmaker, also made headlines after she got a new job at Netflix.

Wanuri will work with Nigerian-born Sci-Fi author, Nnedi Okorafor, to bring the Amazon TV series to life. The series is called ‘Wild Seeds.‘ Although the script will be written by both Nnedi and Wanuri, The ‘Rafiki‘ filmmaker will be the one to direct it. Viola Davis, who is an Oscar-winner, is currently adapting the series since it is based on a book by Octavia Butler.

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The news is finally out! We are developing Octavia Butler’s WILD SEED into a TV series for Amazon. 🌱🌸 What a relief to finally be open about it. 😃! — Here is what @wanuri and I said about it: “We love Octavia Butler and her work and have for decades. But Wild Seed is our favorite. It’s expansive, disturbing, and unique. Wild Seed stays with you. It’s a love/hate story of African immortals that connects people on the African continent to the Diaspora. It merges the mystical and the scientific seamlessly. You’re going to see shape-shifting, body jumping, telepaths, people born with the ability to defy the laws of physics, all in the context of our past, present and future world.” — #WildSeed #sciencefiction #octaviabutler #nnediokorafor #wanurikahiu #violadavis @violadavis

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One of Viola Davis’ movies is ‘The Help‘, which is about black slaves working for white masters. In a candid interview with The Hollywood Reporter, she says she regretted making that movie because “the voices of the maids were not heard. It was centred on its white characters.” Hopefully, ‘Wild Seeds‘ will compensate and fill the void that ‘The Help‘ left.

The plot for ‘Wild Seeds‘ reads, “It 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 behaviour: 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.”

Nnedi Okorafor has also written an award-winning novel, ‘Who Fears Death.’ She announced a while back that it will also be adapted for TV as a series. She is working together with ‘Game of Thrones‘ writer George R.R. Martin to bring to life.

In other great news, Dorothy Ghetthuba was appointed as the Netflix Manager for International Originals. The producer who runs Spielworks Media that produced the popular Kenyan soapie, ‘Lies That Bind’, tweeted saying, “Telling our African stories. Onwards and upwards.”

It’s amazing seeing African women in the film industry make such huge progress. Keep it here for updates.



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