After early negotiations, HBO have finally closed a development deal for Who Fears Death, a new series based on the novel of the same name by Hugo Award winning author Nnedi Okorafor.
Who Fears Death is a post-apocalyptic fantasy novel centred on a Sudanese woman and her magical quest to defeat her evil sorceror father. The novel, which won 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel and was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel and the Locus Award for Best Fantasy Novel in the same year, is an unflinching tale with themes of weaponised rape and female genital mutilation, but it’s also a deeply moving and wildly ambitious piece of genre fiction that intersects with race, ethnicity and gender.
Okorafor is an incredible writer. Check out Lagoon and Binti for a taste of her work.
Oh, and the show will be executive produced by George RR Martin, but that seems to be getting more coverage than Okorafor herself, so let’s return the focus to the multi-award winning author whose work is actually being adapted.