Octavia Butler’s Kindred Series to Premiere on FX

Per Deadline, it was announced during New York Comic Con on Sunday that the series Kindred will be released exclusively on Hulu with all eight episodes available to watch on FX starting December 13, 2022. The highly anticipated series was given a pilot order from the network earlier this year and production began last September with Zola director Janicza Bravo at the helm. Watchmen’s Branden Jacobs-Jenkins will serve as the series showrunner.

According to the official synopsis:

“Kindred will tell the story of “Dana (played by Julliard School grad and newcomer Mallori Johnson), a young Black woman and aspiring writer who has uprooted her life of familial obligation and relocated to Los Angeles, ready to claim a future that, for once, feels all her own. But, before she can get settled into her new home, she finds herself being violently pulled back and forth in time to a nineteenth-century plantation with which she and her family are surprisingly and intimately linked. An interracial romance threads through her past and present, and the clock is ticking as she struggles to confront the secrets she never knew ran through her blood, in this genre-breaking exploration of the ties that bind.”

A fan of the book, Jacobs-Jenkins shared via Entertainment Weekly that while his adaptation will not replace the original, it will dive further into some characters and settings.

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“It’s been about 40 years since the book was released. It’s about refreshing the themes and asking ourselves how they may have been challenged or expanded upon by the rich evolution of social thought since.”

Works of Beloved Sci-Fi Author Finally Finding a Place on Small and Big Screens

On Monday, Deadline reported that acclaimed director Garrett Bradley will be overseeing a film adaptation of the late author’s acclaimed 1993 novel Parable of the Sower, with A24 recently acquiring the rights.

Below is the synopsis for Parable of the Sower via Goodreads:

In 2025, with the world descending into madness and anarchy, one woman begins a fateful journey toward a better future. Lauren Olamina and her family live in one of the only safe neighborhoods remaining on the outskirts of Los Angeles. Behind the walls of their defended enclave, Lauren’s father, a preacher, and a handful of other citizens try to salvage what remains of a culture that has been destroyed by drugs, disease, war, and chronic water shortages. While her father tries to lead people on the righteous path, Lauren struggles with hyper empathy, a condition that makes her extraordinarily sensitive to the pain of others. When fire destroys their compound, Lauren’s family is killed, and she is forced out into a world that is fraught with danger. With a handful of other refugees, Lauren must make her way north to safety, along the way conceiving a revolutionary idea that may mean salvation for all mankind.

Bestselling author Octavia Butler, who passed away in 2006 at age 58, was also the first-ever science fiction writer to receive a Macarthur “Genius” Grant.