Netflix has set a scripted feature film adaptation of the documentary, Virunga, and Oscar winner Barry Jenkins will pen the script.

According to Netflix, “the film tells the story of those who worked to save one of the world’s most bio-diverse parks & the endangered gorillas inside.” The project will be executive produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. A director has not been attached yet.

Netflix released the documentary version in 2014 and it was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

This is the second upcoming feature written by Jenkins, the director of Moonlight and If Beale Street Could Talk. He also wrote the script for Flint Strong, starring Ryan Destiny, which will be the directorial debut of Rachel Morrison. He also has his The Underground Railroad series set at Amazon. And aside from this, he is attached to direct an Alvin Ailey biopic at Searchlight Pictures.


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