I just came across some incredibly good news. Per Shadow and Act, Viola Davis will be working with Nnedi Okorafor and Wanuri Kahiu to develop Wild Seed, the first book in Octavia Butler's Patternist sci-fi series for Amazon. Nnedi and Wanuri will be writing the project. You might be familiar with Nnedi's work, Binti, the Nebula and Hugo Award Winning book (side note: If you haven't picked this book up, do it! I binged this trilogy in a weekend). I'm not familiar with Wanuri, but she's a director, producer and author. Her bio includes sci-fi film shorts (I'll have to check those out).
"The description, per Deadline, which first broke the news: Wild Seed is a love (and hate) story of two African immortals who travel the ages from pre-Colonial West Africa to the far, far future. Doro, a killer who uses his power to breed people like livestock, encounters Anyanwu, a healer who forces him to reassess his millennia of cruel behavior: for centuries, their personal battles change the course of our world as they struggle against the backdrop of time — master versus slave, man versus woman, killer versus healer.
"This is the second project based on an Octavia Butler novel that is in development. Victoria Mahoney, Ava DuVernay and MACRO are developing Dawn as a television series."
While we're waiting for the Amazon adaptation of Wild Seed, pick up your copy of the Patternist series (read the series so we can compare how the film adaption measures up to the books. lol).
Also, recommendation reading: The Binti series by Nnedi Okorafor