Virunga: Oscar Nominated Docu into Feature by Barry Jenkins and DiCaprio

Oscar winner Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) will team with Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio (The Revenant) for Netflix’s narrative adaptation of the Oscar-nominated documentary Virunga.

The 2014 docu, which was exec produced by DiCaprio, was directed by Orlando von Einsiedel, focuses on the conservation work of park rangers within the Congo’s Virunga National Park as they battle to save the Congo‚Äôs mountain gorilla population.

Jenkins will write the screenplay for the new feature, which will be produced by DiCaprio, Jennifer Davisson and Phillip Watson under their Appian Way banner, and Joanna Natasegara for Violet Films. von Einsiedel will exec produce.

Jenkins will next release Amazon’s series adaptation of Colson Whitehead’s The Underground Railroad.

His upcoming project also include an Alvin Ailey biopic for Searchlight.

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