Los Angeles – On the heels of their success with the Academy Award nominated feature film Selma, Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay are already working on their next collaboration. This time, they’ll be joining forces to create a new original drama series for OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.
Inspired by Natalie Baszile’s acclaimed novel Queen Sugar, DuVernay is set to write, direct and executive produce what will be her first television project. Winfrey will serve as executive producer and also have a recurring role on the show.
According to OWN
The contemporary series will chronicle a spirited woman who leaves her upscale Los Angeles lifestyle behind to claim an inheritance from her recently departed father – an 800-acre sugar cane farm in the heart of Louisiana. Her world and identity are turned upside down as she and her teenage daughter attempt to navigate a new and very different environment while rebuilding their farm from scratch. She is met with curiosity and community, with resistance and romance. It isn’t long before a transformation begins and she realizes that she’s been living a lot farther from her Southern roots than mere miles.
“I loved this book and immediately saw it as a series for OWN,” said Oprah Winfrey. “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.”
“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,” said DuVernay. “To bring this kind of storytelling to life alongside Oprah for her network is wildly wonderful. I’m excited about what’s in store.”
This marks the first time that Winfrey will act in a series for OWN. Production is scheduled to begin later this year.