Rachel Neumeier

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Octavia Butler’s Patternist Series Coming to TV

From tor.com, this:

Deadline has announced that Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions is developing Wild Seed for Amazon Prime Video, with Nnedi Okorafor and Wanuri Kahiu to co-write the series.

Wild Seed is the first book in Octavia E. Butler’s Patternist series, about two African immortals whose lives span ages. One is Doro, who kills and uses his abilities to breed people as livestock, the other is Anyanwu, a healer who demands that Doro come to terms with his cruelty.

I am torn. I love Wild Seed. I have read it many times. But I am one of the apparently rare-ish readers who hated Okorafor’s novella “Binti.” Though I did like Who Fears Death, so there’s that.

I would love to see Wild Seed done well. I think the single best thing the writers can possibly do is stay completely true to the original, including keeping as much of the original dialogue as possible. And the characters. And the plot. Just don’t mess with anything! It could be great!

Well, we’ll see. Crossing my fingers.

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