Octavia’s Butler’s Kindred Lays The Foundation for Lionsgate Films’ Antebellum

If this is not your first time reading the blog then you know a year or so ago, I reviewed a book called Kindred for What We’re Reading. A few weeks ago someone commented on an old post I did promoting the book as well as the blog post and I have been floored. After a little bit of fact – checking I am proud to announce that.


OK, not technically….but, a movie heavily inspired by the plot and events from Kindred is currently in production from Lionsgate films.

Antebellum, as they have decided to name it, tells the story of successful author, Veronica Henley, who finds herself trapped in a nightmarish

reality (of the past) and must find a way to break free of the horrors at hand, before it’s too late.

The story closely mirrors, Butler’s novel in that the main character, Dana is forced to travel from her time in 1976 to the antebellum south repeatedly at the call of a young boy named Rufus.

The book expertly drags the reader along for the ride as Dana spends the story trying to uncover how she and Rufus are connected while also trying not to succumb to the hopelessness of slavery.

The movie itself is being billed as horror/thriller somewhere in the neighborhood of “Get Out” and “Us” despite Jordan Peele having no parts of this movie.

The directorial and production team are the same minds who worked on those other movies

Written and directed by Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, both of whom worked on “Get Out” and “Us”. Antebellum is their directorial debut for Lionsgate films. The cast for Antebellum includes Janelle Monáe (Hidden Figures), Gabourey Sidibe (Empire), Eric Lange (Narcos), Jena Malone (The Hunger Games), Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire), Kiersey Clemons (Sweetheart), and Marque Richardson (Dear White People).

Kindred depicts Dana as being in a bi-racial relationship and details how both she and her partner Kevin Franklin endure the mysterious goings on between Dana and the past.

Though few details have been revealed I’m curious to see if Antebellum will be keeping that part of the story.

Antebellum is already in post-production and is slated to be released April 24, 2020.


Will you be heading to the movies to see Antebellum? Leave a comment below!


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7 thoughts on “Octavia’s Butler’s Kindred Lays The Foundation for Lionsgate Films’ Antebellum

  1. Yae Stratton says:

    So glad you’re back, we’ve missed your content. Def wanna check out these books!!

  2. Quinn Beagle says:

    Just finished reading Kindred in college and this is the best news I could hear besides an Octavia Butler endorsed/produced film (Rip) of Kindred it self, but this is so exciting! Thank you for the info, though it might have changed due to covid

  3. Olivia Young says:

    No. I love Octavia Butler, she’s a great author.i will watch on demand however, not going to theater due to the RONA.

  4. Wayne says:

    A closer match would be “Millennium Slave” in my opinion. Key similarities – modern-day slavery, kidnapping, secret society and etc. Worth a look for the curious.

  5. Hello I just watched Antebellum and it is more than similar the plot is dead-on. It is very disappointing that Ms. Butlers estate or her adaptation is being credited for this movie. Interesting that two random people we never heard of came out with a movie strikingly similar to an African American woman’s book. Reminds me a lot of what happened with the Matrix.

  6. Rachel Perry says:

    Why does Jordan Peele get to steal Octavia Butlers work and not have to give her credit? I see u Jordan!

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