Ava DuVernay Is Working On A Netflix Animated Series

She is producing a series based on Tui T. Sutherland's Wings of Fire.

Ava DuVernay is producing a series based on Tui T. Sutherland’s Wings of Fire young adult fantasy novels, which will be directed by Ava DuVernay. The project is DuVernay’s first animated series, produced by her content company, ARRAY Filmworks, in collaboration with Warner Bros. Animation, and will be released on Netflix.

According to a synopsis obtained by Deadline, the series is set in the epic world of Pyrrhia and revolves around a bitter war that has raged for centuries between dragon tribes. Five young dragons will rise, according to prophecy, to put an end to the bloodshed and restore peace to the earth. The Dragonets of Destiny – Clay, Tsunami, Glory, Starflight, and Sunny – have been raised and trained in secret since they were hatched, and now embark on an evolving quest that will bring them face to face with their true selves and the overwhelming scope of the savage war they are destined to put an end to.

A Wrinkle In Time, DuVernay’s first book adaptation to film, starred Oprah Winfrey, Storm Reid, and Mindy Kaling and was released in 2018.
“Within this epic book series from the mind of Tui Sutherland is an elegant saga filled with wisdom and wonder, exploring ideas of belonging and bias, camaraderie and community. On behalf of my colleagues Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of ARRAY Filmworks, we’re thrilled to partner with Netflix and Warner Brothers Animation for this dynamic adaptation where five young dragonets fulfill their destiny and show viewers how to fulfill their own,” DuVernay told Deadline in a statement.

Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the series, which will be 40 minutes each.  Sutherland has written 20 novels set in the world of Pyrrhia since 2012 so DuVernay has plenty of material to pull from.  Earlier this month, Warner Bros. announced that it dropped Ava DuVernay‘s New Gods.  The director was expected to make her trek into the DC Universe but now it looks like she’ll be taking her imagination and talents elsewhere.

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