Nnedi Okorafor’s Who Fears Death in development at HBO with George RR Martin as executive producer
Nigerian-American fantasy and science fiction author Nnedi Okorafor’s World Fantasy Award-winning novel Who Fears Death is in development as a TV series at HBO, with Game of Thrones creator George RR Martin executive producing.
In 2011, Okorafor received the World Fantasy Award for for Best Novel for Who Fears Death in 2011, becoming the first black person to win the award since its inception in 1975. The novel takes place in post-apocalytpic Sudan with a strong female protagonist, and engages with issues of genocide, race and sexual violence.
Who Fears Death was first optioned for film back in 2010, so as Okorafor says on Facebook: ‘This did not happen overnight.’
In a comment on her Facebook page, Okorafor allays fears that she will lose authority over her story, saying she will retain ‘a lot’ of control:
‘i am very involved. i also know george well (we met in 2014 and stayed in touch); he’s been a sort of mentor to me through all this. and all those involved know what this story is; onyesonwu is in good good hands.’
— Nnedi Okorafor, PhD (@Nnedi) July 10, 2017