Cheryl Dunye is slated to write and direct The Wonder of All Things for Lionsgate and producers David Heyman and Jeff Clifford at Heyday. The screen rights to the Jason Motts novel were snatched up by Lionsgate four years ago.
The Wonder of All Things is a supernatural story that follows a young, 13 year old girl named Ava, who discovers she has healing powers after saving the life of her friend Wash, following a plane disaster at an air show.
Dunye has been writing and directing indie films since the late 1990s. Her debut feature, The Watermelon Woman, won the Teddy Award for Best Feature Film at the Berlinale in 1996, and she was also nominated for Best Director at the Spirit Awards for HBO’s The Stranger Inside in 2001. Dunye has also been teaching cinema for the last few years at San Francisco State in between features, as well as directed Ava DuVernay’s Queen Sugar along with The Fosters and Claws.
Dunye is also developing a feature version of her short film Black is Blue. Her producing partner, Marc Smolowitz, is currently raising funds and packaging her project.
Dunye is repped by APA, Echo Lake and attorney Cheryl Snow at Gang Tyre.