The overwhelming power of social media was made apparent when Netflix purchased the rights to a new Rhianna and Lupita Nyong’o film concept at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The premise behind the new film came about in 2014 when a Tumblr meme of the Grammy award winner and Oscar recipient was made of their attendance to the Miu Miu fashion show. The caption on the image read: “They look like they’re in a heist movie with Rihanna as the tough-as-nails leader/master thief and Lupita as the genius computer hacker.”
Twitter followers ran with the idea and asked director Ava DuVernay and screenwriter Issa Rae via social media to get on board with the project. All four women declared their allegiance to the project in the following Twitter posts.
Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans https://t.co/PhWs1xd3nj
— WHOOPHERASSKOURTNI (@1800SADGAL) April 18, 2017
— Lupita Nyong’o (@Lupita_Nyongo) April 21, 2017
I’m in Pit’z https://t.co/Kz0o3lBEmL
— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 23, 2017
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 24, 2017
— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) April 23, 2017
Rae is said to still be in negotiations about her screenwriting addition to the project, but was recently quoted in a Vanity Fair interview saying, “the original Twitter users who imagined the concept for this film will be credited and included in some form.”
According to Entertainment Weekly,”sources say Rae is already working on the script and the studio is eyeing a production start of 2018 after DuVernay completes her current film.”
Two points for #BlackTwitter making this #BlackGirlMagic happen!
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