A lot of the movies put out by Hollywood puts out these days seem to have had wholly nonverbal pitches: an image of a superhero, or a poster of the movie on which it’ll be based, or a toy, or a still of an app about goddamn tempestuous fowl. So a film wrought by a casual Twitter conversation wouldn’t seem all that out of the question — it seems far less half-baked than half the nonsense out there. In the case of a recent viral Twitter exchange, it’d also just be, well, fucking awesome.
After being prompted by some Great Mentioners on Black Twitter, Insecure creator/writer/star Issa Rae and director Ava DuVernay recently voiced their (likely jocular…but hopefully not?) desire to jump onboard the for-now-nonexistent Lupita Nyong’o-Rihanna movie that’s been germinating in the realm of fantasy on social media.
As Indiewire notes, it all began with a photo of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong’o sitting together:
The photo sparked a vivid description by Twitter user “k,” whose brief but clearly potent post eventually racked up 90,000+ retweets:
Nyong’o was the first person to bring this image into the realm of cinematic potential, writing:
To which Rihanna responded:
Writer/editor Mikelle Street tagged Ava DuVernay, suggesting it was her turn to step in as the fantasy director of the film. She responded:
Then, Twitter user Darell. tagged Issa Rae, bringing her into to the list of collaborators with one tweet; she responded with this very symbolic cat:
There can’t be much left to do before this thing gets released, right?