The ‘Kindred’ pilot based on the Octavia E. Butler novel revived in series by FX – Deadline

FX gave a serial command to Kinship, an adaptation of the influential novel by Octavia E. Butler, starring newcomer Mallori Johnson. The project, which received a pilot order in July, comes from writer Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (Watchmen), Courtney Lee-Mitchell (The reluctant fundamentalist), Darren Aronofsky and his photos of protozoa (Black Swan, the wrestler), Joe Weisberg (Americans) and Joel Fields (Fosse / Verdon). The eight-part series will be produced by FX Productions.

Written by Jacobs-Jenkins, the FX adaptation of Kinship centers on Dana (Johnson), a young black woman and aspiring writer who uprooted her life of family obligation and moved to Los Angeles, ready to claim a future that, for once, is hers. But, before she can settle into her new home, she finds herself violently drawn back in time to a 19th-century plantation with which she and her family are surprisingly and intimately linked. An interracial romance runs through her past and present, and time is running out as she struggles to confront secrets she never knew how to cross her blood, in this groundbreaking exploration of the bonds that unite.

Also on the bill are Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy and David Alexander Kaplan.

The novel, which has sold over a million copies, has been hailed as a visionary work of science fiction since its first publication more than four decades ago in 1979.

Jacobs-Jenkins is also a showrunner and executive producer with Lee-Mitchell, Aronofsky, Ari Handel, Weisberg, Fields, Ernestine Walker and Merrilee Heifetz. The pilot is directed and produced by Zola director and co-writer Janicza Bravo.

“Branden Jacobs-Jenkins has done a phenomenal job adapting Kindred for FX and honoring the legacy and timeless value of Octavia Butler’s groundbreaking novel,” said Nick Grad, president of Original Programming FX. “The pilot directed by Janicza Bravo is awesome and we can’t wait to get back into production with this incredibly talented and dedicated cast.”

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