Ava DuVernay Joins Forces to Develop Hurricane Katrina Film

10 years ago today, Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast of the United States and was one of the most deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history. 

In addition to the tremendous loss of family, shelter, and food and water supplies, many hurricane victims lost their sense of community when the storm left cities and towns barely recognizable.

While the stories of these survivors have been highlighted over the years, there have been few projects that bring this story to life on film.

Now, filmmaker and MAKER Ava DuVernay is teaming up with Participant Media to bring this reality to the main screen, Variety reports

The "Selma" director will write, produce, and direct a feature film based on a love story and a murder mystery that unravels in the midst of hurricane season.

DuVernay tapped fellow "Selma" star David Oyelowo to also produce and star in the project.

"The story we're interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself," DuVernay said. "I'm looking forward to the journey."

Executive producers Jeff Skoll and Jonathan King of Participant Media explained the significance of the project and DuVernay's crucial role in bringing the film to life.

"Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time, King said. "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."

Watch DuVernary's MAKERS Moment video on why she choose's to identify as a black woman filmmaker.

Learn more about her passion for bringing important stories to the screen. 

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