'Selma's' Ava DuVernay to Direct CBS Drama Pilot 'For Justice'

Ava Duvernay - H 2014
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Ava Duvernay - H 2014

Ava DuVernay's hot streak continues.

A week after earning a straight-to-series order at OWN for drama Queen Sugar, the Selma director has signed on to direct and exec produce CBS drama pilot For Justice, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

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The drama centers on an FBI agent who works in the criminal section of the Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division who finds herself caught between the radical family she was born into and the professional family she has chosen.

Based on James Patterson's debut novel, The Thomas Berryman Number, Law & Order's Rene Balcer will write and executive produce the drama alongside Robert De Niro, Jane Rosenthal, Patterson, Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout; Berry Welsh will co-exec produce the CBS Television Studios drama.

The news comes a week after OWN announced DuVernay would write, helm and exec produce Queen Sugar, which will also reteam the Selma director with star Oprah Winfrey, who will have an acting role in the series.  

DuVernay, whose TV directing credits include ABC's Scandal, will make her pilot directing debut with For Justice. The Golden Globe nominee is repped by Paradigm and Del Shaw.

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