‘Kindred’ Adaptation Lands Series Order at FX

The adaptation of Octavia E. Butler’s Kindred has received a series order at FX.

Kindred, from FX Productions and writer and showrunner Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, has been ordered to series by the Disney-owned channel (Watchmen). It’s based on Hugo Award winner and MacArthur Fellow Butler’s groundbreaking 1979 book about a young Black woman in Los Angeles who finds herself being pushed back and forth in time.

In March 2021, FX ordered a pilot for Kindred and was directed by Janicza Bravo (Zola). Mallori Johnson, Micah Stock, Ryan Kwanten, Gayle Rankin, Austin Smith, Antoinette Crowe-Legacy, and David Alexander Kaplan are among the series’ newcomers.

Kindred follows Dana (Johnson), an ambitious writer who has uprooted her life of familial responsibility and relocated to Los Angeles to forge a future that is entirely her own for the first time. However, before she can settle into her new house, she is brutally yanked back and forth in time to a 19th-century plantation with which she and her family are strangely and closely related. 

Jacobs-Jenkins will serve as showrunner and executive producer with Courtney Lee-Mitchell (The Reluctant Fundamentalist), who owns the novel rights; Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel of Protozoa Pictures; The Americans EPs Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields; Ernestine Walker, and Merrilee Heifetz.

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