What can’t Ava DuVernay do?
While the award-winning writer and director is preparing for the release of her new film, Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time, in March, about to begin production on the third season of her hit TV show, Queen Sugar, and working on a documentary about the Central Park 5, she somehow found the time to lend her name — and her talents — to yet another project.
According to Deadline, CBS just ordered up a pilot for “Red Line,” a new drama executive produced by DuVernay, Greg Berlanti, and Sarah Schechter. The hour-long series takes place after a white Chicago police officer mistakenly shoots a Black doctor. The story follows the families involved in the tragic killing, telling an interconnected story from three different perspectives.
Since she entered the business as a filmmaker, DuVernay has been on a mission to tell inclusive stories. In addition to hiring all women to direct Queen Sugar and reimagining A Wrinkle In Time in an extremely inclusive way, she founded ARRAY, an independent distribution company created to support women and filmmakers of color.
“I’m trying to have all of us up in there and more. I don’t want to be someplace by myself,” she explained in the February issue of ESSENCE. “I don’t want to be on a pedestal as the first this and that. That’s so wack; that is the old way of thinking.”