Some updates on the HBO adaptation of Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death!
Okorafor’s award-winning fantasy novel was optioned by HBO for a television series in 2017 with George R.R. Martin as an executive producer. Fans have since been waiting patiently for what promises to be a visual feast.
While we still have no news on a release date or casting, Okorafor recently announced on Twitter that actress and producer Tessa Thompson has joined the project as an executive producer.
Some news about the @HBO adaptation of my novel WHO FEARS DEATH: I’m ecstatic to finally be able to announce that the amazing @TessaThompson_x will be joining the team, 😃! #africanjujuism #africanfuturism #whofearsdeath https://t.co/Pei3biaQzp
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) January 15, 2021
Thompson is known for her performances in the HBO series Westworld as well as the films Selma, Creed, Avengers:Endgame, and Sylvie’s Love, which she also executive produced.
According to Deadline, Thompson has just launched her own production company, Viva Maude, and acquired a two-year deal with HBO to executive produce two book adaptations: Okorafor’s Who Fears Death and The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw.
Deadline also reports that George R.R. Martin remains an executive producer and that Aïda Mashaka Croal, who wrote for Jessica Jones, has joined the project as showrunner, writer, and executive producer.
Fingers crossed the series rolls out soon!