Is it the promise of a new global success for Netflix? The streaming service has announced it would produce a series based on the movie “Dear White People”, released in 2015, which attacked racial prejudice in the United States. The output of ten episodes is scheduled in 2017.
Dear White People, the independent film, will be available in series. The streaming platform Netflix announced Thursday, May 5 that it would produce ten episodes of thirty minutes, which is due out early 2017. The series has, not surprisingly, to bear the name of the movie from which it is adapted and the scripts will be written by the same director, Justin Simien.
The movie Dear White People was inspired by the personal experience of the latter in his film school, Chapman University, California, to relive the stormy relationship between black and white students students on American campuses. With a worldwide success and financial proceeds that reached four million, Dear White People had caused a phenomenon in social networks, especially on Twitter with the hashtag #DearWhitePeople.
“At the release of the movie, I had the pleasure of speaking with hundreds of students who were dealing with the same problems in real life. I am very grateful to be working with this platform [Netflix, NDLR], not only to give a voice to those who are not sufficiently heard, but also to tell great stories from new experiences,” said Justin Simien, in a statement.
Since the cast has not yet been announced, it is not yet known if Tessa Thompson, who played in Selma, Ava DuVernay and Creed, by Ryan Coogler, pitched for one of the main roles in the series or did not.
– Mathieu Olivier