In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Ava DuVernay, director of "Selma," attends the National Board of Review awards gala in New York. DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey are creating a drama series for Winfrey's TV channel. The project is inspired by the Natalie Baszile novel "Queen Sugar," the OWN channel said Monday, Feb. 2. Winfrey will serve as executive producer and will play a recurring role _ the first time she's acted in a series for OWN, the network said. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Ava DuVernay, director of "Selma," attends the National Board of Review awards gala in New York.  DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey are creating a drama series for Winfrey's TV channel. The project is inspired by the Natalie Baszile novel "Queen Sugar," the OWN channel said Monday, Feb. 2. Winfrey will serve as executive producer and will play a recurring role _ the first time she's acted in a series for OWN, the network said. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
In this Jan. 6, 2015 file photo, Ava DuVernay, director of “Selma,” attends the National Board of Review awards gala in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

(Entertainment Weekly) – Selma director Ava DuVernay is taking her talents to the small screen to direct CBS’ For Justice pilot.

For Justice is based on James Patterson’s The Thomas Berryman Number, a novel about an FBI agent bouncing between her blood family and her professional one.

Onetime Law & Order producer Rene Balcer is set to write and executive produce the series.

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