‘Star Wars’ Director Victoria Mahoney, Ava DuVernay Developing ‘Dawn’ Sci-Fi Series at Amazon

Victoria Mahoney, who last year became the first woman to direct part of a “Star Wars” film, is developing a new sci-fi project at Amazon.

Mahoney is teaming up with Ava DuVernay, her Array banner and Macro Television Studios to adapt Octavia E. Butler’s 1987 science-fiction novel “Dawn” for the small screen. Macro had previously optioned the rights to the award-winning book about an African-American woman who works with aliens to resurrect the human race 250 years after a nuclear war.

Published in 1987, “Dawn” is the first in a three-part series of Butler’s novels, collectively titled Lilith’s Brood. The second and third parts, called “Adulthood Rites” and “Imago,” were published in 1988 and 1989.

Mahoney, who is set to helm an episode of the upcoming HBO Jordan Peele series “Lovecraft Country,” is also slated to direct the pilot as well as writing the series.

DuVernay, Mahoney, Charles D. King, Allen Bain, Gary Pearl and Thomas L.Carter are all in place as executive producers. Marta Fernandez, president of Macro Television, will oversee for the studio.

Mahoney and DuVernay are both represented by CAA and Nina Shaw.

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