Colin Kaepernick is heading to Netflix. The former NFL quarterback has partnered with Oscar-nominee Ava DuVernay for a new series chronicling his early life. Titled Colin in Black & White, the show has already been written and will consist of six episodes. Kaepernick is on board to narrate the series.
The show was conceived in 2019. Per Netflix, Colin in Black & White "provides an introspective 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." Michael Starrbury wrote the series and serves as an executive producer alongside Ava DuVernay and Kapernick. Starrbury previously worked with DuVernay on the acclaimed When They See Us, which recently earned a prestigious Peabody Award. DuVernay had this to say in a statement.
"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. I couldn't be happier than to tell this story with the team at Netflix."
Known best as a quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers who led the team to a Super Bowl, Colin Kaepernick has become a civil rights activist in recent years since being ousted from the NFL. Kaepernick notoriously kneeled during the National Anthem as a form of peaceful protest against police brutality, which caused controversy at the time. Kaepernick had this to say.
"Too often we see race and Black stories portrayed through a white lens. 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 show Keeps Netflix in business with Ava DuVernay, who is a highly in-demand talent in Hollywood. Ava DuVernay also made the acclaimed documentary 13th for the streaming service, which was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards. Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content for Netflix, had this to say.
"We're proud to bring Colin's experience and his creative vision to life as he joins Ava to share his powerful story and message with all our members around the world. It is an unparalleled union of two strong and defining voices coming together to tell the story about what it's like to be Black in America."
There is no word currently in regards to casting, nor is it clear how soon production will begin. That part could be tricky, given the current situation, as studios are still trying to figure out how to safely resume filming. But with the scripts already finished this could come together relatively quickly. This news was previously reported by Deadline.