Ava DuVernay to adapt Caste for Netflix
James R | On 14, Oct 2020
Under her ARRAY Filmworks banner for Netflix, Ava DuVernay will direct, write and produce a new feature film adaptation of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Pulitzer Prize winner Isabel Wilkerson.
Through a multiple-story structure, Caste examines the unspoken system that has shaped America and chronicles how our lives today are defined by a hierarchy of human divisions dating back generations.
The adaptation marks DuVernay’s first feature film at Netflix, reuniting her with Netflix executive Tendo Nagenda. The pair worked together on Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, making her the highest grossing Black female director in American box office history.
The project also continues Netflix’s relationship with DuVernay, who was nominated for an Academy Award with her documentary 13th, and whose limited series When They See Us received 16 Emmy nominations. DuVernay is currently producing a limited series for Netflix based on the adolescent life of athlete and activist Colin Kaepernick entitled Colin in Black & White.
DuVernay will produce alongside Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of ARRAY Filmworks.