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Colin Kaepernick Scripted Series Is Officially Coming to Netflix

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NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and Ava DuVernay are working on a scripted series for Netflix, according to Variety. The six-episode series, currently titled "Colin in Black and White," will follow Kaepernick's high school years, as he grows up a young black man adopted by a white family.

The show will also explore Kaepernick's journey to football stardom and his path toward civil rights advocacy. Kaepernick will narrate the series as well as serve as an executive producer. DuVernay will be collaborating with writer Michael Starrbury, both of whom worked on the Netflix limited series When They See Us.

The former 49ers player drew global attention in 2016 after he began kneeling during the national anthem before games. The simple gesture was in protest of America's police brutality. In light of recent events in the country, Kaepernick's story has become more relevant than ever. Said DuVernay to Variety, "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. Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience."

DuVernay tackled systemic race issues in her  2016 documentary 13th on Netflix, which she directed, produced, and co-wrote. The film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards. 13th has had a resurgence in viewership amidst the protests following the death of George Floyd by the hands of the police.

There's no news yet on when we can expect the Kaepernick series to hit Netflix. As production is barely beginning to start up again due to coronavirus concerns, it might be a while. Still, with a solid creative team, it looks like it's going to be worth the wait.

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Even the Oscars Are Delayed By Coronavirus Now

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The show will go on for the Academy Awards. It’ll just go on a lot later than anticipated.

In response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the releases of movies around the world, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that they had pushed back the 92nd Academy Awards. Originally scheduled for February 28, 2021, the show will now take place on April 25, 2021. In addition, movies released through the end of February will be eligible for awards consideration, and nominations will be announced on March 15. In typical years, a movie must be released theatrically between January 1 and December 31 in order to be considered for that edition of the Oscars. This year’s Academy Awards will technically cover 14 months of movies. (As noted by THR, that has happened before — but it is extremely rare.)

Essentially, the decision gives studios more leeway to wait out the coronavirus instead of forcing them put films out in the fall in order to be considered for the Oscars. Typically, September through December is the period where most awards contenders gets released; now the health of movie theaters (not to mention the health of moviegoers) during those months, and particularly the early part of the fall, seems in doubt. Distributors can now postpone high-profile “fall movies” to early 2021, in the hopes that the pandemic will be less severe by then.

Of course, there’s no guarantee the public health crisis will improve by then. And there’s no guarantee it’ll be better by April 2021 — when the Academy also announced they will finally open their first museum dedicated to movies.

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