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Ava Duvernay will adapt Octavia Butler's "DAWN" for her next TV show

Ava DuVernay is adding another project to her seemingly endless list of undertakings—not that we're complaining! Deadline reports today that the powerhouse director and producer will collaborate with Charles D. King's media company Macro and director/writer Victoria Mahoney to bring Octavia Butler's seminal 1987 sci-fi novel "Dawn" to TV.

The book, part of the three-part Lilith's Brood trilogy, follows a young black woman named Lilith who, with the help of alien race Oankali, works to save earth and the human race following a devastating nuclear war. Mahoney will write the series while DuVernay will executive-produce; the two recently worked together on Duvernay's other TV show, Queen Sugar, when Mahoney directed an episode in Season 1.

Butler, who died in 2006, wrote 15 novels and several short story collections during her 30+-year career and received numerous Hugo and Nebula awards, as well as the MacArthur Fellowship. This production of Dawn marks the first time her work has been adapted for the screen.