Meme To Movie: Netflix Acquires Ava DuVernay-Directed Film, Starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o

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Meme To Movie: Netflix Acquires Ava DuVernay-Directed Film, Starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o
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Meme To Movie: Netflix Acquires Ava DuVernay-Directed Film, Starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o

It appears Netflix is out for all out domination in the wake of the Cannes Film Festival. Earlier today we learned that the streaming service/production house/holder of all the money, had acquired Taika Waititi‘s much-discussed stop-motion animated biopic on the life and times of Michael Jackson‘s pet chimpanzee, Bubbles. And now, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that amongst its other grabs, the Ava DuVernay-directed meme-turned-Twitter-conceived-movie-concept starring Rihanna and Lupita Nyongo’O, is a go. Even Insecure‘s Issa Rae is reportedly onboard as the pen behind the script.

It’s a peculiar case of the internet willing a film into existence, so we can’t be sure that Rae will take cues from the web’s “scam the man” plot (or if she’s even confirmed to contribute) but it’s hard to stop the momentum behind this thing. I mean, the mere acquisition of the film with nothing but a loosely-formed premise in place should speak volumes as to what Netflix sees in its potential stream rates. We’ll have to wait and see what they all come up with. For now, it’s a moment to rejoice in the emboldened creative powers of the internets, for better or worse.

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