From Meme to Movie: Rihanna, Lupita Nyong’o Project In the Works at Netflix; Ava DuVernay and Issa Rae In Talks to Direct and Write

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The internet can giveth and taketh away. Today, it did the former.

Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o are in talks to co-star in a Netflix movie from director Ava DuVernay, with Insecure creator Issa Rae in talks to write.

This perfectly packaged project didn’t start at an agency or a production company but came from the Twitter hive mind. Last month, Twitter user @1800SADGAL posted an image of the Oscar and Grammy winners sitting front row at a 2014 Miu Miu fashion show with the caption, “Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans [sic].” The post went viral — typo and all — with other users suggesting DuVernay and Rae should board the then-hypothetical film.

Netflix acquired the project out of the Cannes Film Festival, and DuVernay went back to where it all began (Twitter) to confirm the news.

This isn’t the first time production has been spurred by online demand. Internet fervor is also responsible for getting the long-gestating Deadpool movie made after supposedly leaked footage ended up online, prompting public outcry for the movie.

The four women would have to fit the Netflix feature in to their already packed schedules.

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SOURCE: The Hollywood Reporter – Mia Galuppo