Danai Gurira, the actress and playwright-producer who performs Michonne in The Walking Lifeless and Wakandan warrior Okoye in Marvel Studios’ Black Panther and Avengers franchises, has inked a two-year general deal with Disney-owned ABC Studios, Deadline stories. For ABC Studios — behind Gray’s Anatomy, Get Away With Homicide, and Marvel’s Brokers of S.H.I.E.L.D. — the Tony Award-nominated playwright will develop, write and produce for the studio throughout all platforms. The announcement comes simply weeks forward of Gurira’s exit from The Walking Lifeless after eight seasons; Gurira joined because the katana-wielding zombie slayer within the zombie drama’s third season in 2012.
“From Zimbabwe to Wakanda to Broadway, there is no such thing as a one like Danai Gurira,” stated ABC Studios president Jonnie Davis. The scope of her abilities and the breadth of her skills are merely astonishing. We’re over the moon that she has chosen to make ABC Studios her unique house.”
The pact is the most recent massive transfer for Gurira, who in September lined up her first showrunning duties when she signed on for Americanah, a 10-episode restricted sequence set to stream on HBO Max. Along with serving as writer-showrunner, Gurira will government produce alongside her Black Panther co-star Lupita Nyong’o, who additionally stars within the sequence. Americanah is predicated on the bestselling novel from creator Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
“I’m thrilled to work with Jonnie and his stellar workforce at ABC studios,” Gurira stated. “Their dedication to the female perspective aligns with my targets as a storyteller. I’m excited to amplify unheard voices and produce to mild narratives that can sort out common themes whereas they concurrently break obstacles and produce new faces, voices and influences to the display screen.”
It stays to be seen how this two-year deal would possibly affect Gurira’s future with The Walking Lifeless Universe, if in any respect, ought to Michonne survive her upcoming exit episode, suspected to be Season 10 Episode 12, “What We Turn into.”
Hypothesis has pointed to Michonne being written out as an alternative of killed off; if she survives, Michonne would then doubtless rejoin lacking lover Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) within the deliberate characteristic movie trilogy. In January, TWD chief content material officer Scott Gimple stated the primary movie doesn’t but have a director connected and a manufacturing begin has not been disclosed.
Whereas the in-demand Gurira has a busy schedule — past Americanah and the two-year ABC deal, the star is poised for a return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe when she reprises her Okoye position in Black Panther 2, which has not but begun filming for a Could 2022 launch date — it stays doable for Michonne to resurface someday in the course of the course of the Walking Lifeless film trilogy, even when the “Richonne” reunion hoped for by followers would not occur within the franchise’s first film.
“The magnificence is that TWD Household is without end and I got here in in 2012 and felt this power and this connection by no means ends. It’s not related to the choice I made,” Gurira stated when confirming her Walking Lifeless exit throughout final summer season’s San Diego Comedian-Con. “It was about my calling and different issues I really feel referred to as to and the alternatives I’ve had by means of the opposite issues I do as a creator of labor.”
New episodes of TWD Season 10 premiere Sundays at 9/8c on AMC. For extra TWD, observe the creator @CameronBonomolo on Twitter.
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