Lesley Goldberg, Hollywood Reporter, May 5, 2016
Breakout screenwriter-director Justin Simien is bringing Dear White People to the small screen.
Netflix has handed out a straight-to-series order for a comedy based on his 2014 crowded-funded movie Dear White People, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
The 10-episode, 30-minute series hails from Lionsgate Television and will, like the film, follow a diverse group of students of color as they navigate a predominantly white Ivy League college where racial tensions are often swept under the rug. The series is a send up of “post-racial” America that also weaves a universal story about forging one’s own unique path.
“During the film’s release, I had the pleasure to speak with hundreds of students and faculty across a variety of college campuses dealing with these very issues in real time,” Simien said. “I’m so grateful to have this platform–not only to give a voice to those too often unheard in our culture, but to also tell great stories from new points of views. From Day 1, Lionsgate has been remarkably supportive of the vision for the show, and working with Netflix is every bit as harmonious as I’d imagined it would be. Bringing this show to such a vibrant platform is an honor I don’t take lightly.”