A Queen Sheba drama is in the works, according to information shared by Onyx Collective at a Sundance presentation.
An hour-long scripted series about the Queen of Sheba is currently in production, according to the company Onyx Collective, which only creates content for Hulu. The next series, Sheba, will fall within Onyx’s mission to promote the experiences of people from underrepresented areas.
Inspired by a true story, Queen Sheba will be a drama that highlights the story of Africa’s most well-known queen and her quest to unite Ethiopia and fortify it as one of the most economically robust nations in the world. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the series will highlight Makeda as she sojourns into a world of danger, marred with many twists and turns. Although Ryan Coogler—who has directed both of the Black Panther movies—is the executive producer for the drama, Chantelle Well, who is a writer on Yellowjackets, and Azie Tesfai, known for her role in Supergirl, will be involved in the creation of the film’s roll out.
(Tesfai is already the first Ethiopian person to portray a comic superhero.) In addition to working on Sheba, Tesfai is also working on The Chase for NBC. Onyx Collective, which debuted in 2021, is a Disney brand with a body of work that includes The Hair Tales, Reasonable Doubt, The Plot, and Unprisoned.
Although Wells will write the script for Sheba, it is unclear if Tesfai will also appear on-screen in addition to being an executive producer.