The adaptation train at Amazon keeps chugging along in the midst of the pandemic. And it seems like they have their sights set on adapting every major Octavia Butler series. We already knew that an adaptation of Dawn was coming, helmed by Ava Duvernay. Now we have updated news that Amazon is also developing a series based on Butler’s legendary Patternmaster books. The first book in that series is called Wild Seed, and is being co-written by acclaimed genre author Nnedi Okorafor.
Let’s take a look at what Wild Seed is all about, and who else will be working on the new Octavia Butler Wild Seed series for Amazon Prime.
Some Big Names Are Attached To The Wild Seed Production
Author Nnedi Okorafor | Image via Wikimedia Commons
Nnedi Okorafor will co-write the Wild Seed series for Amazon with filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu. JuVee Productions will produce the series. This is the production company helmed by Viola Davis and creative partner Julius Tennon. Davis gave the following statement to Deadline about Wild Seed.
“Wild Seed is a book that shifted my life. It is as epic, as game changing, as moving and brilliant as any science fiction novel ever written. Julius and I are proud to have this masterpiece in our hands. It fullﬁlls our promise and legacy to be disrupters. Octavia Butler was a visionary and we look forward to honoring the scope of her work and sharing it with the world.”
JuVee Productions had been chasing the rights to the Patternmaster series for several years. Okorafor has been signed onto the project for at least a year. We reported on this news back in January when we gave an update on several other television projects that Okorafor has in the works. Amongst those projects is an adaptation of her bestselling sci-fi novel Binti that is coming to Hulu at some point in the future. Both Okorafor and filmmaker Kahiu have spoken about how Octavia Butler has influenced their work.
“We love Octavia Butler and her work and have for decades. But Wild Seed is our favorite. It’s expansive, disturbing, and unique. Wild Seed stays with you. It’s a love/hate story of African immortals that connects people on the African continent to the Diaspora. It merges the mystical and the scientific seamlessly. You’re going to see shape-shifting, body jumping, telepaths, people born with the ability to defy the laws of physics, all in the context of our past, present and future world.”
What Is The Patternmaster Series By Octavia Butler About?
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Octavia Butler is a legend in the genre fiction community. Considered the ‘grand dame’ of science fiction, she paved the way for many authors of color. Her Patternmaster series starts with the book Wild Seed. It follows two immortals across generations as they work together, and at odds with one another. The official synopsis of Wild Seed tells us the following.
Doro is an entity who changes bodies like clothes, killing his hosts by reflex or design. He fears no one until he meets Anyanwu. Anyanwu is a shapeshifter who can absorb bullets and heal with a kiss and savage anyone who threatens her. She fears no one until she meets Doro. Together they weave a pattern of destiny (from Africa to the New World) unimaginable to mortals.
With both the Xenogenesis saga and now the Patternmaster series in the works at Amazon, fans of Octavia Butler and genre television have plenty to look forward to. There are also rumors that there is an adaptation of Butler’s standalone novel Kindred coming as well. What will be next? I think we are long past due for an adaptation of the timely Parable of the Sower, one of my personal favorite Butler novels. One thing is for sure, with big names like Okorafor and Duvernay at the helm of these projects they are bound to generate renewed interest in Butler’s excellent body of work. And with so many fans seeking to diversify their genre consumption, this will certainly help.
Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.