Gina Atwater to Adapt YA Fantasy Novel ‘Raybearer’ for Netflix Under New Overall Deal

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Gina Atwater to Adapt YA Fantasy Novel ‘Raybearer’ for Netflix Under New Overall Deal
Gina Atwater, best known for her work on “Westworld” and “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” has inked a multi-year overall deal with Netflix. Atwater will create, produce, direct and write new prestige series and other projects at Netflix that put traditionally underrepresented characters at the forefront of the narrative. For her first project for the streaming platform, Atwater is penning a TV adaptation of the best-selling, West African-inspired fantasy YA novel “Raybearer” by Jordan Ifueko.

“Gina is a triple threat as a writer, director and producer and we’re thrilled to be working with her,” Matt Thunell, Netflix’s VP of overall deals, said in a statement. “Her experiences crafting fearless, character-centered work amid complex fantasy worlds makes her the perfect writer to take on the world of ‘Raybearer.'”

“Raybearer” is in the early stages of development at Netflix, and hails from Sugar23 and Macro Television Studios.

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