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Ava DuVernay Praises Kaci Walfall & Naomi

Creator and Executive Producer Ava DuVernay shares her excitement for the Naomi TV series.

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Executive Producer and Creator Ava DuVernay has some very positive thoughts when it comes to The CW adaptation of Naomi.

In an Instagram post about the first-look photo reveal, DuVernay has referred to the project as “sheer, downright fun” and has compliments for lead actress Kaci Walfall.

“I love this show so much and have had sheer, downright fun creating it. Feel like a teenager again,” DuVernay wrote. “Kaci is a phenom. Truly excited for her and grateful to all involved in bringing Naomi to life!”

Naomi has not yet been officially picked up to series, but we surely will know if it is or not before May 25 when The CW is expected to announce their 2021-2022 schedule.

From award-winning executive producer Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship (Arrow) and ARRAY Filmworks in association with Warner Bros. Television, Naomi follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event shakes her hometown to the core, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins, and what she discovers will challenge everything we believe about our heroes. Based on the characters from DC created by Brian Michael Bendis, David F. Walker, and Jamal Campbell.

In addition to DuVernay and Blankenship, Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes also serve as executive producers. The pilot was directed by Amanda Marsalis.

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Ava DuVernay Tweets About The Naomi Pilot Pickup

Ava DuVernay has Tweeted about the pilot pickup news for Naomi.

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The esteemed Ava DuVernay of Queen Sugar and Now They See Us fame, who is developing Naomi for television with Jill Blankenship (Arrow), has made a tweet about the recent announcement that The CW has ordered a Naomi TV pilot for possible inclusion in next year’s lineup.

Considering the quality of the IP and the talents involved, we here in the KSiteTV universe/NaomiDCTV.com are pretty sure that means this is going to go. Here’s what she said on Twitter:

“NAOMI was created by Brian Michael Bendis, David Walker and artist Jamal Campbell in 2019. Her last name McDuffie is a tribute to late comic writer Dwayne McDuffie. Now, she’s on her way to a pilot for The CW from yours truly and Jill Blankenship. Her journey continues. Let’s go!”

You can see her full Tweet below, and be sure to follow our own at @NaomiDCTV!

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Ava DuVernay & Arrow EP Developing Naomi DC Comics Adaptation For The CW

The CW is adapting the Naomi comic book series from DC Comics for a potential TV series from Ava DuVernay and Jill Blankenship.

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Because Wonder Girl and Painkiller weren’t enough to add to the half dozen or so DC Comics series that will still be a part of The CW lineup next year, now comes news that esteemed writer-director-producer Ava DuVernay is developing Naomi based on the comic book series written by Brian Michael Bendis and David F. Walker with art by Jamal Campbell. Naomi was a part of the Wonder Comics initiative spearheaded by Bendis in recent years.

The CW TV adaptation is being written and executive produced by DuVernay (Queen Sugar) and Jill Blankenship (Arrow) follows a teen girl’s journey from her small northwestern town to the heights of the multiverse. When a supernatural event rattles her hometown, Naomi sets out to uncover its origins. What she discovers will challenge everything people believe about superheroes.

THR notes that unlike the “Arrowverse” series, this show is not executive produced by Greg Berlanti, so it is unsure if or how this potential series will connect to the others.

The next TV season has a huge roster of DC series at the start of the season and at later “midseason,” including The Flash, Superman & Lois, Batwoman with a new series lead in Javicia Leslie, Black Lightning, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Stargirl, and Supergirl. Of those series, both Black Lightning and Supergirl have been confirmed to be ending with their upcoming seasons.

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