HBO's 'Who Fears Death' Adaptation Adds Writer, Michael Lombardo

Selwyn Seyfu Hinds has been tapped to adapt author Nnedi Okorafor's fantasy novel.
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Michael Lombardo

HBO is moving forward with fantasy drama Who Fears Death.

The premium cable network has tapped Selwyn Seyfu Hinds to adapt Nnedi Okorafor's fantasy novel, with former HBO programming president Michael Lombardo also boarding the drama as an executive producer.

Who Fears Death tells the coming-of-age tale of Onyesowu in post-apocalyptic North Africa, where her story makes her an outcast. She must go on a journey from self-reproach to love, but to do so she’ll have to overcome untold obstacles — defeating her hated sorcerer father and becoming the instrument of prophetic deliverance for a land of oppressed people, all the while fighting to master the terrifying powers growing inside her.

In addition to writing, Hinds will co-executive produce the drama. Game of Thrones author George R.R. Martin will executive produce via his overall deal with HBO. Angela Mancuso will also executive produce. Author Okorafor will serve as a consultant.

HBO in July optioned the book that was first published in 2010 by Penguin Books imprint DAW. The novel won the 2011 World Fantasy Award for best novel as well as the Carl Brandon Kindred Award in 2010 for "outstanding work of speculative fiction dealing with race and ethnicity."

Who Fears Death comes as Martin is involved in the final season of Game of Thrones as well as at least four potential prequel series, which are all in the early stages of development.

The project brings Lombardo back to HBO more than a year and a half after he exited as programming president following a three-decade-plus career at the cabler. He continues to have a producing deal with HBO.

Hinds is repped by Paradigm and Gotham Group and Del Shaw.

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