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Who Fears Death Finds Its Scriptwriter

We've found our scriptwriter for WHO FEARS DEATH, the television series we're developing for HBO based on the award-winning novel by Nnedi Okorafor.

His name is SELWYN SEYFU HINDS. He's written television, film, comics, journalism, history. He's a producer as well, and will be a co-executive producer on WHO FEARS DEATH, as well as writing the pilot. We're very excited to have him aboard... and to finally be able to announce it, now that his deal has closed (these things take a while).

You can find out more about him on IMDB, or hear him speak (though not about WHO FEARS DEATH, not yet) here: http://www.blackisonline.com/2015/02/the-jam-ep-15-w-selwyn-seyfu-hinds/

It was not an easy selection. We considered dozens of terrific writers, finally winnowed it down to half a dozen strong finalists, and interviewed each of them at length. I was not able to be in LA for the interviews myself, thoughI took part by phone... but executive producers Michael Lombardo and Angela Mancuso, our development executives from HBO, and of course Nnedi Okorafor were all in the room for every interview. All of us loved what Selwyn had to say about WHO FEARS DEATH, and how he would like to bring it to the screen. It's a powerful book, but not an easy adaptation by any means... but we think we've found the right writer for the assignment.

I was also pleased to see Michael Lombardo and Angela Mancuso finally credited in the news stories about Selwyn and WHO FEARS DEATH, since the last round of stories made it sound as if I was doing it all by myself. Even now, though, some of these stories are getting it backwards, talking about how I "added" Lombardo and Mancuso. Ah, no... rather, they (and Nnedi) added me. This was their project from the start, I'm the new guy in the boat. But I'm thrilled to be here, and I'm excited to be working with Michael, Angela, Nnedi, and now Selwyn. We all share the same goal: to make this extraordinary novel into an extraordinary television series.

((I will leave comments open, but only for discussion of WHO FEARS DEATH. All off topic comments will be deleted)).


Kari Johanson
Sep. 15th, 2017 12:09 am (UTC)
A most excellent book. I am VERY excited to see this story visualized on HBO!
Sep. 15th, 2017 01:09 am (UTC)
I initially read the title of this post as a timeless aphorism rather than as a news bulletin, and I have to say I kind of like it that way.
George Bacso Bay-show
Sep. 15th, 2017 02:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you for setting the record straight that the media dominated by people as melanin-challenged as you and I reported incorrectly. So looking forward to this!
Arthur Maia
Sep. 16th, 2017 12:56 am (UTC)
Read the book after your announcment some months ago. It sets up an amazing world and finally takes out the european/american almost monopoly from adventure and dystopian books. Looking forward to watch it (still, a little worried by HBO producers, but in GRRM I trust haha)
Arthur Maia
Sep. 16th, 2017 01:12 am (UTC)
How well do you now the african/afro-american fantasy/sci fy/adventure/horror literature? Anything else to reccomend? Most of people (me included) know absolutely nothing about some awesome books that go, unfortunely, unnoticed

Edited at 2017-09-16 01:13 am (UTC)
Sep. 16th, 2017 08:30 am (UTC)
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Umar MF
Sep. 16th, 2017 10:28 pm (UTC)
Ordered the book
Thanks George for the update. I was wasting time ordering it after your first announcement. Now just placed my order on this book and the sequel as well.


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