HBO MAX orders pilot script for FLEDGLING based on Octavia Butler novel

Posted on 2021-07-28

HBO Max announced that the streaming platform ordered the script for a pilot episode of FLEDGLING, based on the novel written by Octavia E. Butler. FLEDGLING tells the story of a seemingly young girl who, after suffering episodes of amnesia realizes she is actually a vampire and must fight a group of people who want to destroy her and those close to her. 

FLEDGLING will be directed and written by Jonathan I. Kidd, Sonya Winton-Odamtten, and executive produced by Issa Rae (HOORAE), Montrel McKay (HOORAE), J.J. Abrams (Bad Robot) and Ben Stephenson (Bad Robot). Co-executive producers are Rachel Rusch Rich (Bad Robot), Sara Rastogi (HOORAE) and Ray Ricord. The studio is Warner Bros. Television.

Biographical Information:

Jonathan I. Kidd and Sonya Winton-Odamtten: Former Columbia University and UCLA college professors, playwrights, and documentarians, Jonathan I. Kidd and Sonya Winton-Odamtten forged their creative partnership at Yale University where they both earned PhDs in African American Studies/English and African American Studies/Political Science, respectively.

In 2009, Kidd and Winton-Odamtten broke into the industry when they were accepted into the Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop. Subsequently, they served as staff writers on ABC’s legal drama The Whole Truth and went on to earn a blind script deal from Warner Horizon Television through which they acquired the life rights to the Fred Hayman, a.k.a “Mr. Beverly Hills,” story for their dark 1970’s soap, Rodeo Drive. 

Shortly thereafter, the GLAAD Award nominated writing team ramped up their development slate with their spec sale to Showtime for The 4th Reich and their dynastic family drama Southern Gothic that they sold to Lifetime with Catherine Hardwick attached to direct.

Finally, this past spring the dynamic duo launched the first in what will be a series of philanthropist endeavors with their Feed Covid-19 Health Workers Challenge, through which they recruited other black Hollywood writers to feed Covid wards in underserved black hospitals around the country.  The long-term goals of Kidd and Winton-Odamtten include bridging partnerships between Hollywood and 501c3’s around the globe to address issues of medical apartheid, environmental racism, and educational disparities.    


HOORAE is a multi-faceted media company that develops content across mediums and genres in an effort to continue to break boundaries in storytelling and representation. HOORAE is comprised of HOORAE Productions for film, tv and digital; Raedio, the music label in partnership with Atlantic Records; and ColorCreative, its management division. 

About Bad Robot:

Bad Robot was formed by filmmaker J.J. Abrams in 2001. The company has produced television series such as Alias, Lost, Fringe, Person of Interest, Castle Rock, Westworld, Lovecraft Country and Lisey’s Story; feature films such as Super 8, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker, the Star Trek, Mission: Impossible and Cloverfield franchises; and interactive content including the mobile app Action Movie FX. Bad Robot's first foray into publishing, S., a novel conceived by Abrams and written by Doug Dorst, was a New York Times Best Seller. In 2018, the company launched Loud Robot, an artist-friendly independent music label, and Bad Robot Games, a new entity dedicated to developing large and indie-scale original games for mobile, PC and console. Bad Robot is based in Santa Monica and can be followed at and

For film, Bad Robot has a wide slate of projects in development under their Warner Media deal, including priority projects with Warner Bros., DC, HBO Max, and Warner Animation Group. It also has the thriller Lou starring Allison Janney, Jurnee Smollett and Logan Marshall-Green set up at Netflix, as well as multiple projects at Paramount, including a live-action remake of the beloved anime film Your Name, and Dr. Seuss’s iconic children’s book, Oh, The Places You’ll Go! set up at Warner Bros. 

Bad Robot’s Emmy® nominated Lovecraft Country recently aired its finale on HBO and is currently streaming Lisey’s Story on Apple TV+. Upcoming for Bad Robot is UFO, a four-part docuseries on Showtime set to release August 8 as well as the highly anticipated 4th season of Westworld on HBO. Additionally, the company has Demimonde set up with HBO and My Glory Was I Had Such Friends set up with Apple TV+. The company also has individual series production commitments for three new one-hour dramas with HBO Max.

About Octavia Butler

OCTAVIA E. BUTLER was a renowned writer who received a MacArthur “Genius” Grant and PEN West Lifetime Achievement Award for her body of work. She was the author of several award-winning novels including Parable of the Sower, which was a New York Times Notable Book of the Year and bestseller. She was acclaimed for her lean prose, strong protagonists, and social observations in stories that range from the distant past to the far future. Sales of her books have increased enormously since her death as the issues she addressed in her Afrofuturistic, feminist novels and short fiction have only become more relevant. She passed away on February 24, 2006.

About  HBO Max

HBO Max™ is WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer platform, offering best in class quality entertainment. HBO Max features the greatest array of storytelling for all audiences from the iconic brands of HBO, Warner Bros., DC, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and much more. The streaming platform launched in the United States in May 2020 and introduced an advertising-supported subscription tier in June 2021. HBO Max recently began its global roll out launching in 39 markets across Latin America and the Caribbean, and will be followed by the replacement of HBO-branded streaming services in Europe later this year.

In addition, the streaming platform comes with an epic launch promotion of 50% off forever, for those who subscribe from June 29 to July 31 and will have this discount as long as they keep their subscription active.