‘Selma’s’ Ava DuVernay, David Oyelowo Re-Team on Hurricane Katrina drama

Ava DuVernay and David Oyelowo

Right off the heels of their critically acclaimed collaboration on Selma, director Ava DuVernay is re-teaming with her star, David Oyelowo, on a movie based on the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina.

DuVernay will write, produce, and direct a feature film chronicling a love story and murder mystery during the time of the destructive storm. “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,”

The project will mark the third collaboration between the director and actor. Together, the pair has worked on Selma and Participant Media’s Middle of Nowhere, which won DuVernay the 2012 Sundance Film Festival’s Best Director award. Participant Media’s Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King will serve as executive producers of the newest effort.

“Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time,” King, said in a statement. “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 reteam with them on her original idea, which we believe will be a powerful film.”

Despite Oscar snubs for Selma– the film was shut out of the Best Actor and Best Director categories– Oyelowo has been in high demand and is busy lining up several projects, including Americanah , an upcoming love story opposite Lupita Nyong’o.

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