Ava DuVernay Will Helm A Scripted Colin Kaepernick Series for Netflix

Ava DuVernay Will Helm A Scripted Colin Kaepernick Series for Netflix

Netflix announces that director Ava DuVernay will tell the story of NFL star Colin Kaepernick’s high school years into a six-episode series.

Netflix has announced that director Ava DuVernay will tell the story of NFL star Colin Kaepernick’s high school years. DuVernay is the an academy award-nominated filmmaker, known for making films that highlight injustice and civil rights including Selma and the documentary 13th. Kaepernick, meanwhile, was an NFL star who stirred a nationwide movement by kneeling during the national anthem to protest police brutality. Now, the two are coming together for a new series.

Netflix says the pair will team up to produce a six-episode series, which will explore Kaepernick’s background growing up into his adoptive family, and the events that eventually led him to stand up for civil rights. Variety reports that Kaepernick will narrate the series, alongside being an executive producer. Michael Starburry, who wrote DuVernay’s previous Netflix series, When They See Us, which documented the injustice wrought upon the Central Park Five, will write the show.

Related: When They See Us: The True Story Of The Central Park Five

The scripts for the show have reportedly already been written, and production should start later this year or early into 2021. DuVernay says that she’s choosing to tell Kaepernick’s story because it “has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience.” She goes on to add that she admires Kaepernick for his protest, which “ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences.” Kaepernick praised DuVernay, saying that it is the an “honor” to bring his story to life alongside her.

The series, titled Colin into Black and White, will be DuVernay’s third collaboration with Netflix, following 13thWhen They See Us, and the 47-year-old filmmaker says that she “couldn’t be happier” to be telling the story on the streaming service.

More: How When They See Us Has Impacted the Central Park 5 Prosecutors

Source: Netflix/Variety

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