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Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Make It a Trifecta as They Re-Team for Katrina-Set Love Story/Murder Mystery

Ava DuVernay & David Oyelowo Make It a Trifecta as They Re-Team for Katrina-Set Love Story/Murder Mystery

Although it doesn’t have to end with 3; this could be only the beginning of a career-long partnership. As a filmmaker, I can say that it’s a pleasure to find actors with whom you have a healthy working relationship, so much that you operate almost like a single unit. There’s an ease to it all that only familiarity can foster, and given how trying and even unpredictable the film production process can often be, constants can be nice.

Ava DuVernay and star David Oyelowo are teaming up again for a currently untitled Hurricane Katrina-set love story and murder mystery, for Participant Media.

DuVernay will write, produce, and direct, while Oyelowo is in negotiations to both star and also produce the project, which will mark the third time they’ve worked together as director and actor, following “Middle of Nowhere” and of course “Selma.”

Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King will serve as executive producers.

“Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time,” said Participant’s King, adding, “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.”

“The story we’re interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself. I’m looking forward to the journey.” added DuVernay.

No plot specifics just yet, nor an ETA, but we’re certainly all very curious…

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@Daryl Uncle Tom Daryl, you need to go and collect your chitterlings and water from massa. You earned it.


If the folks behind this film are smart, they will cast an actual black woman as the female romantic lead. A woman that is black from a distance. Not some biracial. If they’re smart, they’ll learn from the recent failure that was Beyond The Lights.


Ava Duvernay and David Oyelowo together again? YES!!! I will definitely support this dynamic duo. Would love to see roles in this project for other talented Duvernay films alumni such as Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Beverly Todd, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Dondre Whitfield, Carmen Ejogo, and Lorraine Toussant.


Troublemaker. The Sambo award is yours to lose now, you have did everything to take a substantial lead over the other nominees the last couple of days. These last round of Sambo over the top remarks might have seal the deal for you collecting that Sambo bronze.


@ Daryl Look what we have here? An Uncle Tom calling someone a Sambo. Uncle Tom, is Ava giving 100% of the profits to the survivors of Hurricane Katrina? Then she is using this project as Oscar bait.


Troublemaker, now she is chasing down an oscar. Troublemaker you know everything, this couldn’t be a project she had in her mind for awhile or she was just attracted to doing this story because she like the story and felt she could also add some social commentary about Katrina, now with Selma success, she is able to get it off the ground, that’s not a possibility troublemaker. I forgot troublemaker trying to bring attention to himself, he’s up for an award at the first annual Sambo Toast, the night of the oscars.


Opps he "deserves" all the accolades being bestowed upon him.


POPPYCOCK! Just stop Trouble, right now you’re talking real silly. Listen, what mature mind would make such far-fetched accusations? YOU, or no one else knows the motivations and goals of another individual, unless they’ve shared them. Assuming such is you right, but to voice them as a fact is not a good look on your part. Look, I just finished watching "Selma". It was a powerful movie, nicely shot and well acted. Although I wasn’t a fan of David Oyelowo, now I can say he desires all the accolades being bestowed upon him. The man KILLED MLK. I’m telling you, one small step behind Jamie Foxx’s "Ray". In fact, there wasn’t an actor who missed a step. One can’t help but give credit to Ava for bringing out the best in all of them. And I do not believe she was thinking about an "Oscar" while doing her duties. I believe she was simply trying to do her best work, period. That said, the movie was not without fault. At times it was slow and got bogged down in speeches, imo. But again, I have great respect for Ava’s work. Aside from the great performances, she didn’t "sell-out" the story to appease non-African Americans. There was no white savior, nor was there whitewashing of the brutality inflected again blacks. In fact, if one thought the movie was going to be a chuckle-yukkle hamfisted affair like "The Butler", slow your roll. The very first scene, about 20 seconds in **BOOM!!!** forget about it, Ava set the tone… no Butlers here baby (but my lips are sealed. No spoilers :-( ). To Ava and David, keep on filling me up. @ Troublemaker, STOP.


I forgot to add that Remember Me is supposed to be centered around the 9/11 tragedy.


@Daryl Stop with the bs. You know very well that this is only a vanity project for Ava to bring attention to herself as a director and a writer. Ava is chasing down Oscar! She cares as much about Katrina as you do black filmmakers. Plus, this synopsis sounds very much like Remember Me starring Robert Pattinson. Here’s the IMDB synopsis: A romantic drama centered on two new lovers: Tyler, whose parents have split in the wake of his brother’s suicide, and Ally, who lives each day to the fullest since witnessing her mother’s murder.


I would love to be apart of it . Btw Selma was GREAT!


Troublemaker talking bs again. This is a good way to bring more attention to Katrina , how many people are going to watch a doc or read a book about it. This can be great, a murder mystery love story with social commentary about Katrina and what happen to people during this disaster. Troublemaker has a problem with anything black filmmakers and actors do unless it’s selling out to white hollywood, then it’s all good and no trouble at all.


I don’t know about using Hurricane Katrina as the backdrop for this love story/murder mystery. This is up there with using 9/11 for a love story/murder mystery. You just don’t go there. These are very horrific events that happened in the US and doing a movie set in either one can be seen as exploitation and insensitive. Ava can tell a social and environmental story without the Hurricane Katrina story. If Ava is as good a writer as people say she is, she would have no problem coming up with something new and fresh.


Lol, good one STP.


I heard Anthony Mackie is outside Marvel studios, shining all the finest shoes there be. Good job boy.


Daryl, for real, you made me laugh on that one. Too-shay, homie. You got me.


Fun Facts: TYP shines white hollywood execs shoes on the side, so you know he’s not going to say nothing bad about them and mess up his meal ticket. He will be attending the Sambo Club event, the day and the night of the Oscars. He’s up for the shoe shine award.


FUN FACTS: Daryl’s favorite pastime is relaxing in his easy chair from Sears while watching "American Idol" with a Hungry Man Salisbury Steak dinner and a peach-flavored Bartel’s & Jaymes. Watch out, ladies!


This sounds great, Selma did it’s job, made enough money for the filmmaker Ava Duvernay to be able to keep making films. I will definitely check this out when it comes out.


Salvage the Bones needs to have a cinematic adaptation.


I like the sound of the project! This is also what lupita needs to do. find a director and keeping working with him/her.

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