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Tuesday
May232017

The Movie That Twitter Made Happen

Chris here. Remember a few weeks back when this tweet referencing Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o made the rounds and gave us all a good delighted gasp?:

The fun continued as Lupita and Rihanna chimed in with their enthusiasm, bringing along multi-hyphenate talents Ava DuVernay and Insecure’s Issa Rae. Well, it wasn't just playful chatter between celebs over Twitter - this project just became real...

This may very well be the first film to come together over Twitter. At the Cannes marketplace, Netflix just made a massive offer to produce the film with these four women all signed on. Now not every film that gets presold at a festival market like Cannes makes it in front of cameras, but Netflix is fast-tracking this to shoot next year once DuVernay completes her work on A Wrinkle In Time. No word if Rae will be starring in addition to writing the screenplay (though the original tweeters will get some screen credit), but maybe we'll get a few hints or a title around the time Insecure returns for its second season on July 23.

While Netflix has been getting a lot of recent flak for letting their films die on the platform (not to mention the Cannes controversy), this bid goes to show they are interested in film projects that people are interested in and are pretty damn cool. 13th is perhaps the best example of a film succeeding on the streaming service, and its no surprise to see the relationship with DuVernay continue.

Most importantly, Netflix's enthusiasm to make a film built by black female artists shows that they are serious about entertainment with the kind of diversity that Hollywood consistenly fails to deliver. You don't need a massive response like what this saw on Twitter to see that people want movies about, by, and for women of color - and that they want them to be as original as this. It's simply thrilling that these four women will be working together.

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Not familiar with Issa Rae's work, but love all the other three ladies. Rihanna is not quite the actress, but if they built her character around her persona and captalize on her natural screen presence, this could really great fun to watch. It'll also be a great shot for Lupita to branch out of her usual intense and hard hitting work that has garnered her Oscar and Tony attention in the past. She's a lovely woman and it'll be great to have that charm in a sceeen performance, not only in interview and red carpet appearances.

May 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterCarmen Sandiego

Issa Rae is awesome and everyone should watch INSECURE. Very excited for this project!

May 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterlylee

This is the formula going forward for women and minorities in film and television. Pooling resources to make projects happen, instead of going solo.Studios and financiers can easily turn down 1 well known star or creator. But when 3 or 4 big names committ to a project, suddenly everyone wants In on the action .

That's how Big Little Lies happened. If it was just Kidman or Witherspoon alone pushing the project, it might not have happened so fast.But their combined clout (and them getting Jean Marc Vallee and David Kelly onboard) made it a project everyone wanted.

And now this. Just the combination of these names is enough to get a Green light for a project that's essentially a social media meme. That's some serious power in combining resources.

May 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterzizou

As long as Lupita gets to help out at the end when Rihanna gets waylaid in some fashion (found out or tied up or scammed herself), and she gets to throw off her computer geek drag and put on Rihanna's best outfit and outdo Rihanna.

Phew, this really COULD be fun.

May 23, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDave in Hollywood

can't wait for the adapted screenplay voiceover at the 2019 oscars:

"screenplay by issa rae, based on a tweet by whoopherasskourtni"

May 23, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterpar

I'm definitely here for this, especially with black women in front of and behind the camera. Wouldn't it be cool if Issa Rae were to bring aboard that Twitter user to help flesh out the story?

May 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTroy H.

Love it. Can't wait. And yes, Insecure is very good for anyone who hasn't seen it yet.

Not sold on Rihanna as an actress (I find her charisma even in music videos to be somewhat flat) but I have a feeling all the other factors will help overcompensate for it.

May 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterDJDeeJay

Lupita Nyong'o, the movie star with no movies.

May 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPeggy Sue

Not only does this sound really fun, the way it came to be is even more fun. Gives me a reason to love the internet in these hard times.

Rihanna and Lupita?? The fashions?? The fun storyline? Issa Rae and Ava Duvernay? Take my moneyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyYy.

May 24, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterPhilip H.

thanks for the salman khan tubelight movie collection here,.

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