If you ever wanted to make absolutely sure that, yes, you’re living in 2017, then the following sentence should put your fears to rest: Netflix has bought the rights to an upcoming movie project starring Rihanna and Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o based entirely on Twitter users’ fevered imaginations.
Over the past few weeks, a 2014 photo of Rihanna and Nyong’o in the front row of a fashion show went viral through social media, with many social media users commenting on how cinematic the photograph was, while a Tumblr user remarked how both women looked like members of a flashy heist team in the middle of a high-profile caper:
Twitter users wasted no time reaching out to their fantasy leads, who confirmed their interest in the most blasé, and therefore coolest, way possible:
— Lupita Nyong'o (@Lupita_Nyongo) April 21, 2017
Twitter users went so far as to reach out to their dream director for the project, Selma‘s Ava DuVernay, as well as their perfect screenwriter, Insecure‘s Issa Rae. Both women then confirmed their own enthusiasm for the project, in Rae’s case with a cat gif, naturally:
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) April 24, 2017
Since the project got rolling with Netflix on-side, Issa Rae’s reps have confirmed to Vanity Fair that the social media users who “imagined the concept for this film will be credited and included in some form” – which, if you’re reading between the lines, almost certainly does not include any money.
Netflix reportedly beat out numerous other competitors for the rights to unnamed project, which is a big win for their brand, regardless of whether or not the film is actually successful. Netflix wants to continue to own their image as a pop culture nerve centre, and so the Twitter Rihanna movie is a no-brainer purchase.
As for a timeline on the Untitled Rihanna Crowdsourced Heist Movie, Rae is reportedly already begun penning the screenplay, and production should get going in early 2018.