Fans Manage To Will A Lupita Nyong'o-Rihanna Buddy Movie Into Existence
A Tumblr post. A tweet. A Netflix deal.
It's not the normal Hollywood production pipeline, but it's real: The people of the Internet have managed, through determination and enthusiasm, to bring a movie project into being — one written, directed by and starring black women.
This is a short story, so we'll get right to it. Here's the Tumblr post, featuring actress Lupita N'yongo and singer Rihanna, both fashion icons in their own right, looking fabulous at a Miu Miu show in 2014.
The post went viral. The world was unchanged.
Two years later, same photo, similar idea (arrived at independently, according to the two women).
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— akame (@ebnyhottie) April 18, 2017
But it was on a different platform, Twitter. And it was going viral in a different Internet community — Black Twitter, a creative and cultural powerhouse.
I'm down if you are @rihanna https://t.co/vwHBWeCbFZ— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) April 21, 2017
This time, something ... happened. Nyong'o was game.
I'm in Pit'z https://t.co/Kz0o3lBEmL— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 23, 2017
Rihanna was, too.
Lights set. Camera's up. Ready to call action for these #queens. 👑 pic.twitter.com/NVgqpFeTnu— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 24, 2017
April 23, 2017
Then Twitter users called out the names of their dream director and dream writer for this dream project ... and Ava DuVernay and Issa Rae spoke back.
Now it's no dream. The final chapter in the saga comes from Entertainment Weekly:
"After a dramatic negotiation session at the Cannes Film Festival, Netflix has nabbed a film project pairing Grammy winner Rihanna with Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, in a concept that began as a Twitter sensation. Ava DuVernay (Selma) will direct, and Issa Rae (Insecure) is writing the screenplay."
After EW broke the story, Rae's representatives confirmed the project's existence to Vanity Fair.
The original concept creators will be credited in the film, Vanity Fair reports.