HBO has optioned Nnedi Okorafor’s World Fantasy Award-winning novel “Who Fears Death” with plans to turn it into a TV series.
Helping it along as an executive producer is none other than author George R. R. Martin, whose “A Song of Ice and Fire” books became HBO’s massive success “Game of Thrones”.
The story follows Onyesonwu, a woman living in post-apocalyptic Sudan where the dark-skinned Okeke people live as second class citizens oppressed and routinely murdered by the lighter-skinned Nuru. Onyesonwu’s mother was an Okeke woman who was raped by her Nuru father who, like Onyesonwu, possesses a variety of magical abilities.
Okorafor revealed the news on her Facebook page today saying the project has been nearly four years in the works and was originally planning to become a feature before HBO optioned it for a series. She confirms she is “very involved” and “all those involved know what this story is…Onyesonwu is in good hands”.