'Selma' director and star to pair for Katrina movie

'Selma' director and star to pair for Katrina movie
Ava DuVernay, director of the film "Selma," speaks during an interview in Los Angeles, California in this December 23, 2014 file photo.

LOS ANGELES - Ava DuVernay, the director of the Martin Luther King historical movie "Selma," is set to again team up with the film's star David Oyelowo for a new project about Hurricane Katrina.

DuVernay and Oyelowo, who were both finalists at this year's Golden Globes, will "develop a new narrative feature film chronicling a sweeping love story and complex murder mystery during the time of Hurricane Katrina," Participant Media said Monday.

The project will mark the pair's third collaboration after "Middle of Nowhere" and "Selma," which has been nominated for this year's Academy Award for Best Picture.

"Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time," said one of the new film's producers, Jonathan King.

"DuVernay has shown herself to be highly skilled at bringing intimacy and contemporary urgency to epic events." The director said the film would "explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself." Participant said Oyelowo, 38, was in negotiations to produce and star in the film.

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