Ava Duvernay Turning Colin Kaepernick's Childhood Into A Comedy

Former NFL player's life will be coming to the TV.

(AllHipHop News) Director Ava Duvernay is taking American footballer Colin Kaepernick back to high school for a new comedy series based on his youth.

The "A Wrinkle In Time" filmmaker's fresh project was revealed in a profile piece on VanityFair.com, in which she discussed her growing slate of TV gigs, including her drama series "Queen Sugar," new pilot "Red Line," HBO movie about the Battle of Versailles, and a "comedy series with Colin Kaepernick that centers on his high-school life."

Explaining her excitement at all of her opportunities on the small screen, she said, "I don't even think of it as television anymore. That's the cool thing about right now, with all the boundaries and barriers collapsing. It's (all about) the story... and a story that can live on various platforms and formats."

DuVernay didn't go into detail about the Kaepernick show, but it will focus on his years at California's John H. Pitman High School, where he excelled in American football, basketball, and baseball.

The writer/director previously praised the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback for his activism, after courting controversy in 2016 for kneeling on the field during the U.S. National Anthem to draw attention to racial discrimination and acts of police brutality - a protest which ended up costing him his job in the NFL.

"I think his actions have been inspiring to so many people...," she told GQ last year, after meeting Kaepernick at the 2017 Time 100 event.

"His resistance, his protest, the manner in which he's gone on living life in his interactions with the NFL have been extremely inspiring to me as an artist. Extremely motivating and nourishing. I just feel fortunate that I've had a chance to get to know him personally, to talk to him."


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