Selma Director Ava DuVernay, Star David Oyelowo to Create Hurricane Katrina Drama

Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo
Selma director Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo have signed on to create a Hurricane Katrina drama. Jason Kempin/Getty Images

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! Selma director-star dream team Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo are reuniting for a new Hurricane Katrina drama for Participant Media. 

The company announced the news on Monday, Jan. 26, with the EVP Narrative Film Jonathan King saying in a statement, “Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time. Ava DuVernay has shown herself to be highly skilled at bringing intimacy and contemporary urgency to epic events. We have been looking for the right way to get back in business with Ava, and with David Oyelowo, and are proud to re-team with them on her original idea, which we believe will be a powerful film.”

Both DuVernay and Oyelowo, who played the late Martin Luther King, Jr. in the Civil Rights drama, were snubbed during the 2015 Academy Award nominations, which led to the whitest Oscar race in 20 years. 

Selma was nominated for both Best Picture and Best Original Song for “Glory” by Common and John Legend.

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