Acclaimed Nigerian-American writer, Nnedi Okorafor is teaming up with Kenyan author and film director, Wanuri Kaihu who is responsible for writing and directed world acclaimed LGBTQ themed film “Rafiki” to co-write the pilot for “Wild Seed”, a new Amazon Prime Video based off Octavia Butler’s sci-fi series “Patternist”.
According to Deadline, “Wild Seed” is a love (and hate) story of two African immortals who travel the ages from pre-colonial West Africa to the far, far future. Doro, a killer who uses his power to breed people like livestock, encounters Anyanwu, a healer who forces him to reassess his millennia of cruel behavior: for centuries, their personal battles change the course of our world as they struggle against the backdrop of time — master vs slave, man vs woman, killer vs healer”.
The series will be produced by Viola Davis and Julius Tennon through Juvee Production together with Okorafor, Kaihu, the Octavia E. Butler estate, Ernestine Walker and Merrilee Heifet.
The option for “Patternist” has been pursued by Juvee Production for two years but it was till the pair of Kahiu and Okorafor were brought together on the project that the vision to turn the book into a series fully formed.
Nnedi Okorafor and Wanuri Kaihu admit to have been influenced by Octavia Butler, who inspired them with confidence in the knowledge that black women too could have a voice.