Ava DuVernay is not done helping Netflix get woke. The Golden Globe nominated director is now working with the streaming company to write and direct a mini-series on the Central Park Five case.
The unnamed project is based on the true story of five teenagers from Harlem wrongfully convicted of raping a woman in Manhattan’s Central Park. Ken Burns notably covered the subject in a PBS documentary.
DuVernay’s mini-series will consist of five episodes, with each part focusing on one of the five young men who were eventually exonerated with DNA evidence. It’s set to debut on Netflix in 2019.
Netflix and DuVernay first linked up for the “The 13th,” an original documentary about the US criminal justice system, private prisons and the mass incarceration of African Americans. It won a Peabody award and earned an Oscar nomination. Her film “Selma,” was also nominated for an Academy Award.