Selma Director Ava DuVernay and British actor David Oyelowo are fast becoming the perfect tag team when it comes to bringing historical events unto the big screen. It’s been confirmed that the Hollywood pair, who’s first collaboration was on indie flick Middle of Nowhere, are set to make a film about the devastating hurricane Katrina which hit New Orleans in 2005.
Katrina was one of the deadliest weather disasters in the US with a record 1, 833 dead, with many more missing or unaccounted for. The estimated toll of destruction left in the wake of the disaster is put at $108 billion.
DuVernay will be working on the project with Participant Media, the company she worked with for her award-winning film Middle Of Nowhere. Participant’s Jonathan King praised the director for her talent saying, “Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time. Ava DuVernay has shown herself to be highly skilled at bringing intimacy and contemporary urgency to epic events. We have been looking for the right way to get back in business with Ava, and with David Oyelowo, and are proud to re-team with them on her original idea, which we believe will be a powerful film.”
No plot details have been announced yet, but it is thought DuVernay will write, direct and produce the movie which will feature a love story and murder set against the backdrop of Hurricane Katrina.
About the new venture, the 42-year-old said, “I’m thrilled to reunite with my Participant family on this project and fortunate to work again with the always exquisite David Oyelowo. The story we’re interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself. I’m looking forward to the journey.”