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Selma Director And Oyelowo To Make Katrina Film

The pair, who were both finalists at this year's Golden Globes, will "develop a new narrative feature film chronicling a sweeping love story and complex murder mystery during the time of Hurricane Katrina," Participant Media said.

The project will mark the pair's third collaboration after Middle Of Nowhere and Selma, which has been nominated for this year's Academy Award for best picture.

"Hurricane Katrina is one of the most important social and environmental stories of our time," said one of the new film's producers, Jonathan King.

"DuVernay has shown herself to be highly skilled at bringing intimacy and contemporary urgency to epic events."

The director said the film would "explore the complexities of intimate relationships within times of chaos, while also examining the chaos itself".

Participant said Oyelowo, 38, was in negotiations to produce and star in the film.

© Sky News, 2015