Octavia Butler’s popular science fiction novel Parable of the Sower is coming to A24.
The movie studio won the rights to adapt Butler’s novel into a feature film. As Deadline reports, the book was originally published in 1993, but after fans rediscovered the book, it shot up to the New York Times bestseller list, achieving one of Butler’s career goals.
Naomi Osaka documentary director Garrett Bradley will direct Parable of the Sower, her debut directing a a feature-length film for a major studio. The film will be set in a near-future Los Angeles suffering from societal apocalypse. A teenager with unique abilities becomes humanity’s leader in the fight against extinction.
This is the fourth Butler project put into production by a major Hollywood studio. Kindred, a television series to be directed by Zola director Janicza Bravo and written by Branden Jacob-Jenkins, is the most recent project based on a Butler novel. There’s also the series adaptation of Wild Seed by Viola Davis’ JuVee Productions, directed by Wanuri Kahiu and written by Nnedi Okorafor. Butler’s book Dawn is also getting the television series treatment by Ava DuvVernay, Charles D. King’s MACRO, and will be directed by Victoria Mahoney.
Jacob-Jenkins talked about what it’s like to adapt a Butler project in a statement announcing Kindred. “It has been a highlight and honor of my career thus far to try and finally bring this timeless story to life–and especially at FX, whose catalogue of bold, thought-provoking, and cutting-edge television has been an endless source of inspiration and delight,” he said.
Davis and husband/business partner Julius Tennon also talked about their excitement at adapting Butler’s work when Wild Seed was announced, saying in part,”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.”
Bradley’s work also includes the 2020 Amazon Prime documentary Time, documenting a wife’s fight for her husband, who is serving a 60-year prison sentence. She has also directed an episode of Netflix’s 2020 documentary series Trial By Media and a 2017 episode of OWN’s Queen Sugar.
Naomi Osaka is currently streaming on Netflix.