Netflix to produce Ava DuVernay-led series on Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick's journey to activism will be the subject of a six-part series on Netflix, the streaming channel announced on Monday. 

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay, creator and director of the Netflix series "Now They See Us," will collaborate with the former NFL quarterback for a scripted drama series, "Colin in Black & White." Emmy nominee Michael Starrbury wrote the script in 2019 and will serve as executive producer alongside DuVernay and Kaepernick. A release date was not announced. 

The six episodes will chronicle Kaepernick's upbringing and the experiences that propelled him to become a national icon for protesting police brutality and racial injustice. DuVernay will hire an actor to play Kaepernick in his formative years, while the 32-year-old Kaepernick will appear in present day. 

"Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens," Kaepernick said in a press release. "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." 

Kaepernick began protesting social injustice during 2016 when he kneeled during the national anthem as a member of the San Francisco 49ers. In the wake of George Floyd's death last month, with numerous cities hosting organized protests against racism, Kaepernick has remained a major figure in the Black Lives Matter movement. 

"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," said DuVernay in a press release. "Colin’s story has much to say about identity, sports and the enduring spirit of protest and resilience. I couldn’t be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix." 

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