Ava DuVernay To Write & Direct Scripted Series, ‘Queen Sugar’ For OWN

Willie Grace | 2/3/2015, 3:49 p.m. | Updated on 2/3/2015, 3:50 p.m.
“From the moment I was introduced to the book, I was captivated by the idea of a modern woman wrestling ...
Oprah Winfrey and Ava DuVernay

Momma Oprah heard your cries about the OWN Network’s lack of scripted original programming and she’s tapped Ava DuVernay to write, direct and executive produce a new series, Queen Sugar, which is inspired by the Natalie Baszile novel of the same name.

“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.”

DuVernay and Oprah expertly worked together on Selma and now the media mogul is allowing DuVernay to have her television drama series. And of course Momma Oprah is going to appear in multiple episodes in a recurring role.

According to OWN, Queen Sugar is about: “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.”

Shadow & Act reports that Oprah said, “I loved this book and immediately saw it as a series for OWN. 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.”

Will you be watching? Our DVRs are set.

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