By Ryan Velez
Posted September 6th 2018
While everyone is talking about Donald Trump and the NFL’s leadership versus the players on the field, it’s important not to forget the man that this all started with, Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick was the first to publicly protest the anthem via sitting and then taking a knee, and the fact that he hasn’t been brought back on the field since has been a point of contention and subject of a collusion lawsuit. However, Newsone reports that Kaepernick is partnering with Ava DuVernay for a new project that anyone—football fan or not—will want to see.
According to Vanity Fair, DuVernay will be working on a “TV comedy series with Colin Kaepernick that centers on his high-school life.” It may come as a surprise for those who only know him from his career in football, but there’s a surprising amount of material to mine from. Kaepernick is the biological child of a black father and white mother, but was given up for adoption. He would be adopted and raised by a white couple, Rick and Teresa Kaepernick. The Kaepernicks would raise him in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin until he was 4.
The family would eventually move to Turlock, California, where he would attend high school and become a star athlete in football and basketball. This would probably be where the series would be set. With a name of DuVernay’s caliber, there is certainly potential for this to be an interesting series, and there’s also a ripe potential for social commentary. If nothing else, this show will continue to keep Kaepernick and his story in the public eye, as his career seems to transform from athlete to activist.
This marks only one of Ava’s many upcoming projects. One such project is a Netflix series on the Central Park Five. This is the story of five black teenagers wrongly accused of assaulting a white woman, with Donald Trump famously taking a full-page New York Times ad calling for their execution. Another upcoming project is an adaptation of the DC Comics series New Gods for a future movie. Given the recent success Ryan Coogler had when handed the reins to a superhero franchise, one can only wonder if DuVernay is able to generate a similar level of success.