Ava DuVernary to make Netflix animated series Wings of Fire
Netflix today announced Wings of Fire, an animated event series for the whole family, based on the best-selling series of books published by Scholastic with 14 million copies in print. The epic fantasy saga marks the first animated series from Academy Award Nominee and Emmy Award Winner Ava DuVernay and ARRAY Filmworks. Season 1 will consist of ten 40-minute episodes.
Wings of Fire is an animated event series adaptation of the #1 New York Times and USA Today best-selling book series from author Tui T. Sutherland. A bitter war has raged for generations between the dragon tribes who inhabit the epic world of Pyrrhia. According to prophecy, five young dragons will rise to end the bloodshed and bring peace back to the land. Raised and trained in secret from the time they were hatched, the Dragonets of destiny – Clay, Tsunami, Glory, Starflight, and Sunny – embark on an evolving quest that will bring them face to face with their true selves and the overwhelming scope of this savage war they are destined to bring to an end.
Ava DuVernay quote: “Within this epic book series from the mind of Tui Sutherland is an elegant saga filled with wisdom and wonder, exploring ideas of belonging and bias, camaraderie and community,” said DuVernay. “On behalf of my colleagues Sarah Bremner and Paul Garnes of ARRAY Filmworks, we’re thrilled to partner with Netflix and Warner Bros. Animation for this dynamic adaptation where five young dragonets fulfill their destiny and show viewers how to fulfill their own.”
Melissa Cobb quote (Vice President, Original Animation, Netflix): “We couldn’t be more proud that Ava has chosen Netflix as the home for her first animated series. An epic fantasy saga full of sweep and spectacle, ‘Wings of Fire’ promises to be a must-see event for the whole family.”
Sam Register quote (President, Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios): “The ‘Wings of Fire’ books have captured the imagination of millions. In Ava, Justin, Christa and Dan we have a visionary creative team that will bring that same sense of wonder and adventure from the books to life with animation and create the next great animated family series at Netflix.”
Acting as showrunners/executive producers are Dan Milano (Glitch Techs), Christa Starr (Mystery Science Theater 3000) and Justin Ridge (Star Wars Resistance). Milano and Starr are adapting the book series for television. Ava DuVernay, Dan Milano, Christa Starr, Justin Ridge, Tui T. Sutherland, Sam Register and Sarah Bremner will serve as executive producers for ARRAY Filmworks.
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