FX gave a pilot order to Kinship, an adaptation of the influential novel by Octavia E. Butler, by writer Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Guardians, an octoroon), Courtney Lee-Mitchell (The reluctant fundamentalist), Darren Aronofsky and his photos of protozoa (Black Swan, the wrestler), Joe Weisberg (Americans) and Joel Fields (Fosse / Verdon, the Americans). FX Productions, where Weisberg and Fields are under global contract, is the studio.
The rights were first acquired by Lee-Mitchell in 2008 from the author’s agent, Writers House LLC, on behalf of Butler’s estate.
The novel, which has sold over a million copies, has been hailed as a visionary work of science fiction since it was first published more than four decades ago in 1979.
The FX adaptation centers on Dana, a young black woman and aspiring writer who uprooted her life of family obligation and moved to Los Angeles, ready to claim a future that, for once, feels quite right. his. But, before she can settle into her new home, she finds herself violently dragged back and forth into a 19th century plantation with which she and her family are very surprisingly and intimately bonded. An interracial romance runs through her past and present, and the clock ticks as she struggles to face secrets she never knew how to run through her blood, in this groundbreaking exploration of the bonds that unite.
Jacobs-Jenkins wrote the pilot and will executive produce with Lee-Mitchell, Aronofsky, Weisberg and Fields.
“Since I first encountered the novel almost two decades ago, there have been few books, if any, let alone authors that have meant as much to me as Kindred and Octavia Butler,” said Jacobs- Jenkins. “It has been the highlight and honor of my career so far trying to bring this timeless story to life – and especially at FX, whose bold, inspiring and cutting-edge television catalog has been a source of. endless inspiration. and delight.
“Estate Octavia E. Butler was thrilled and grateful to have placed Kindred with Courtney Lee Mitchell from the start, which brought it to Branden Jacobs Jenkins (a young writer who shares with Octavia the rare honor of being a recipient of the MacArthur ‘Genius’ Award) and then to the great people of Protozoa, ”added domain Octavia E. Butler. “FX couldn’t be a better or more enthusiastic partner, as evidenced by the brilliant creative team they are building and the legendary roster of shows they have produced. We can’t wait to see this beloved work take its place among the stars of the FX universe. “
Butler’s legacy took another step forward on Friday when NASA named the landing site for the agency’s Perseverance rover on Mars “Octavia E. Butler Landing.”
Butler was a renowned writer who received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship and a PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award. She is the author of several award-winning novels, including Parable of the sower, which was an Outstanding Book of the Year and a New York Times bestseller. She has been acclaimed for her lean prose, powerful protagonists, and social observations in stories that span the distant past to the distant future. Sales of her books have grown tremendously since her death as the issues she addressed in her Afrofuturist and feminist novels and short fiction films have become increasingly relevant. She died on February 24, 2006.
Jacobs-Jenkins, received by WME, was most recently a consulting producer on HBO Guardians.
Lee-Mitchell is replaced by Nicole Compas of Ramo Law, and Aronofsky, Weisberg, Fields is replaced by CAA. The Butler Estate is represented by Merrilee Heifetz at Writers House LLC. and Hillary Bibicoff by Holmes Weinberg.