This isn’t Amazon’s first Octavia Butler adjustment. It likewise tapped Viola Davis, Nnedi Okorafor and others for a Prime Video variation of Wild Seed It is, nevertheless, relatively brand-new territory for DuVernay. She’s more closely related to Netflix projects like When They See United States, and she’s not known for straight-up sci-fi. When she branches out, it’s for fantasy titles like A Wrinkle In Time
It’s not surprising that Amazon would go this path, at least. It’s not only adapting a popular book with accomplished creators at the helm, it’s pursuing a job that could interest a more comprehensive audience. Butler’s Afrofuturist aspects and explorations of problems of gender, race and sexuality might help reach individuals who might not be interested in the typical sci-fi fare. Amazon’s method of the previous couple of years has been to produce as many international hits as possible, and Dawn may fit that bill.