Ava DuVernay, the acclaimed filmmaker known for her work in live action, has teamed up with Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) to develop the animated family tv series Wings of Fire.
Here are the details:
- The show is based on the middle-grade fantasy book series of the same name by Tui T. Sutherland. Its 15 novels, three graphic novels, and four short stories have sold more than nine million copies. They tell the story of a warring land ruled by dragons; each books is told from a different dragon’s point of view.
- This is the first animated project to come out of DuVernay’s wide-ranging overall deal with Warner Bros. Television Group, which Deadline reported to be worth $100 million. She serves as executive producer (through her Array Filmworks production company), as do Dan Milano (Glitch Techs), Christa Starr, Sutherland, and Warner Bros. Animation president Sam Register.
- The deal has already led to three live-action series: Cherish the Day, Queen Sugar, and DMZ, which is based on a DC Comics property. DuVernay is also directing a feature adaptation of DC comic New Gods at Warner Bros.
- She previously directed the fantasy feature A Wrinkle in Time, which made her the first black woman to helm a film that grossed $100 million. Before that, she made waves with her feature Selma and documentary 13th, explorations of race and civil rights that were both nominated for Oscars.
- In 2012, DuVernay founded Array with the stated ambition “to amplify and advocate for social justice through cinema with a particular focus on the work of people of color and women of all kinds.” Array will produce Wings of Fire with WBA. It isn’t yet clear whether the show will be available on HBO Max, Warnermedia’s forthcoming streaming platform.