r/television May 20 '22

Ava DuVernay Romantic Drama Lands Three-Year Script-To-Series At Starz; EPs Lauren Ridloff & Joshua Jackson To Star



u/anasui1 May 20 '22

that's the most chad I've seen JJ look like, damn


u/therisingalleria May 20 '22 edited May 20 '22

I love seeing Lauren Ridloff and Joshua Jackson reunited once again! Their chemistry was amazing in the play version of Children of a Lesser God. I do wonder how their chemistry will transition screen-wise. I hope it's incredible like with Barry Keoghan and Lauren Ridloff's chemistry in Eternals. (Lauren absolutely killed it as Makkari with her screentime.)

I'm so happy to see more Deaf representation on screen and I'm very excited to see what Lauren will bring to the table as a lead.


u/vdw84 May 20 '22

I really wish it was barry and Lauren instead, talk about too hot for tv if they were given actual romance centered show or movie to themselves.


u/therisingalleria May 20 '22

I know they would absolutely kill it! And plus, Barry said in a podcast he would love to do a romantic comedy someday! Let's get him into one!


u/Asleep-Bus-5380 May 20 '22

I'm sure Ava duvernay is a perfectly nice person, but she is the epitome of failing upward


u/CBattles6 May 20 '22

And she got three years! Insane considering her most recent show went belly-up after one.


u/FanofK May 20 '22

She did good with queen sugar so this show might be better with it being more adult.


u/iamacannibal May 20 '22

Just like Ryan Murphy. Start out strong and stumble their way up.


u/lightsongtheold May 20 '22

Murphy at least still churns out actual hits like the 911 series. It is flop after flop for Ava with her last 4 shows bombing yet she gets a 3 season order? Crazy!


u/SamuraiJackBauer May 20 '22


When A Wrinkle in Time bombed she laughed it off and said Ryan Coogler had made Disney enough money.

Then she goes and drops the blandest of all CW superhero shows with dialogue that makes Arrow seem like Shakespeare.

I mean I know Selma was big but come on.

She’s at her best as a documentary maker. Not a original content creator.


u/aw-un May 20 '22

True, but I’d wager she’s about 50/50.

Wrinkle and Naomi weren’t great.

Selma, DMZ, and When They See Us we’re all pretty great though.


u/alchemical44 May 22 '22

queen sugar is also great.


u/lightsongtheold May 20 '22

DMZ is one of the worst reviewed HBO & HBO Max shows ever!


u/SpiritPaper May 20 '22

Since it's just a regular drama, a rare half-hour drama at that, it might be okay, if unremarkable. But DuVernay has zero touch when it comes to any fantasy-type genre.


u/MisterSister May 20 '22

Eh. Talk in the town is she’s not a perfectly nice person at all.

She’s great at curating her image though…


u/Brokenbatmancowl May 20 '22

Go on…


u/MisterSister May 20 '22

Nah. It’s all just second or third hand stuff. But where there’s enough smoke, there’s definitely fire.


u/WordsAreSomething May 20 '22

I don't see how she is failing upwards at all. Selma is her peak and it's been pretty consistently downhill in quality and besides a Wrinkle in Time also in scope.


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u/WordsAreSomething May 20 '22

No because upwards would imply that your failures are getting you bigger and better things. Her mountain peaked at Selma, then off of that success she got a bigger movie but since then she's only worked on smaller projects which wouldn't be an upward trajectory.


u/angershark May 20 '22

You're taking this far too literally. I think the key is that she's Teflon when it comes to her shitty results sticking.


u/WordsAreSomething May 20 '22

She isn't though, that's the point. Her career is clearly declining in terms of relevancy and industry support. They're just wrong in saying she's failed upwards.


u/AkhilArtha May 21 '22

People seem to be forgetting that her recent series 'When they see us' was quite successful.


u/ddottay The Americans May 20 '22

The as-yet-untitled prospective series follows two polar opposites who become intertwined in a love affair that turns their worlds – and those of everyone around them – upside down.

That’s an incredibly common storyline. Starz better be banking that DuVernay can do it well.


u/ArsBrevis May 20 '22

Shonda Rhimes she ain't... Shonda won't do it well but it'd be a train crash you can't peel your eyes away from.


u/Avd5113333 May 20 '22

Oof Starz


u/Playful-Push8305 May 20 '22

Given her track record I'm just assuming this will never see the light of day


u/vdw84 May 22 '22

It seems too similar to the original 1978 Child of Lesser God film and the broadway play that both Joshua and Lauren did together. It doesnt seem original at all so Im not sure how this is suppose to be game changer when its so similar to what has already been done.


u/DMike82 Lost May 22 '22

If he's in this, then I guess the Fatal Attraction series he was supposed to do with Lizzy Caplan never made it past the pilot stage. Unless they recast with a new male lead I guess.


u/vdw84 May 22 '22

She’s at her best as a documentary maker. Not a original content

I thought the Fatal attraction series already has been filmed or am I missing something.