Ava DuVernay to Direct New Netflix Original Series Based on the Life of NFL Quarterback Colin Kaepernick
Currently titled ‘Colin in Black & White.’
Netflix has announced that it will be releasing a six-episode scripted series based on the life of NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The show, titled Colin in Black & White, is set to be directed by Ava DuVernay. It will center on Kaepernick’s high school years, growing up as a Black kid with a White adopted family and his football career. “Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a White lens,” Kaepernick told Netflix in an official statement.
Kaepernick and DuVernay have previously worked together on Netflix’s 2019 limited series When They See Us, which received 16 Emmy nominations and won a Peabody Award back in January. “With his act of protest, Colin Kaepernick ignited a national conversation about race and justice with far-reaching consequences for football, culture and for him, personally,” said DuVernay. “Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix.”
Colin in Black & White was conceptualized in 2019 and completed writing this May. Kaepernick will take on the role of the narrator and executive producer. DuVernay will also executive produce alongside Michael Starrbury, who also serves as a writer for the show.
Netflix has not yet announced an official release date, so stay tuned while we wait for more information.