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Colin Kaepernick Scripted Series From Ava DuVernay, ‘When They See Us’ Writer Set at Netflix

June 29, 2020

Colin Kaepernick and Ava DuVernay are teaming for a scripted series about the NFL quarterback’s high school years at Netflix, Variety has learned.

The six-episode series is currently titled “Colin in Black & White.” It will provide a look at Kaepernick’s early life as a Black child growing up with a white adopted family and his journey to become a great quarterback while defining his identity. The series will also explore what led him to become a civil rights advocate.

“Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens,” said Kaepernick. “We seek to give new perspective to the differing realities that Black people face. We explore the racial conflicts I faced as an adopted Black man in a white community, during my high school years. It’s an honor to bring these stories to life in collaboration with Ava for the world to see.”

The series was originally conceived in 2019 and completed writing in May. Kaepernick will serve as narrator in addition to executive producing. DuVernay will also executive produce. Michael Starrbury serves as writer and executive producer.

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