Cheryl Dunye has been tapped to adapt and direct a film adaptation of Jason Mott's 2014 novel, The Wonder Of All Things, at Lionsgate.
David Heyman and Jeff Clifford are producing.
Here's the novel's description: "On an ordinary day, at an air show like that in any small town across the country, a plane crashes into a crowd of spectators. After the dust clears, a thirteen-year-old girl named Ava is found huddled beneath a pocket of rubble with her best friend, Wash. He is injured and bleeding, and when Ava places her hands over him, his wounds disappear.
Ava has an unusual gift: she can heal others of their physical ailments. Until the air show tragedy, her gift was a secret. Now the whole world knows, and suddenly people from all over the globe begin flocking to her small town, looking for healing and eager to catch a glimpse of The Miracle Child. But Ava's unique ability comes at a great cost, and as she grows weaker with each healing, she soon finds herself having to decide just how much she's willing to give up in order to save the ones she loves most. "
Dunye is known most for her iconic experimental and indie films. Her film, The Watermelon Woman, which she also starred in was the first feature film directed by a black lesbian woman. It also won Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at Berlinale in 1996, She was also nominated for Best Director at the Spirit Awards in 2001 for The Stranger Inside. Recently, she's also directed episodes of TNT's Claws and Ava DuVernay's Queen Sugar.
Another project she has in the works is a feature film rendition of her short film, Black Is Blue, which has Laverne Cox attached to star.
Deadline first reported this news.