01/26/2015 01:01 pm ET Updated Aug 24, 2015

Ava DuVernay's Next Film Will Be A Drama Set During Hurricane Katrina

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"Selma" director Ava DuVernay has found her next feature film: a "sweeping love story and complex murder mystery" set against the devastation of Hurricane Katrina. Participant Media will produce the film; "Selma's" David Oyelowo is in negotiations to star.

"I'm thrilled to reunite with my Participant family on this project and fortunate to work again with the always exquisite David Oyelowo," explained DuVernay, who previously worked with the company on 2012's "Middle of Nowhere" (which also starred Oyelowo). "The story we're interested in will explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself. I'm looking forward to the journey."

DuVernay will write, produce and direct the untitled film. The 42-year-old director had not set a follow-up movie following "Selma," but did tell The Guardian last year that a television series about "the black experience in America," as the publication put it, was in her future as well.

DuVernay's "Selma" was nominated for Best Picture, but she was not afforded the same honor in the Best Director category.



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