– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This is an odd one, and a testament to the strange age of technology and crowd-sourcing we live in. Netflix has locked down a buddy movie starring singer Rihanna and Oscar-winning Lupita Nyong’o. The film is set to be helmed by A Wrinkle In Time and Selma director Ava DuVernay (who is a huge get for Netflix by herself), and will be written by Insecure’s Issa Rae.

The announcement comes in a year where Netflix is really starting to step up their game in terms of Netflix original films. We’ve already seen the streaming giant dominate the quality TV side of things, and with high profile original movies like Okja and War Machine on the horizon, they’re ready to set their sights on more short form stories.

However, this isn’t the weirdest part of the story. What’s weird is its origins. The film’s concept had its start as an online meme featuring a 2014 photo of Rihanna and Nyong’o at a fashion show, and some folks had some things to say about the photo, going so far as to pitch movies surrounding it.

Social media started calling for this weird idea to be made a reality, and late last month, it seemed to gain some real traction between Rihanna, Nyong’o, DuVernay, and Rae, who all took to their respective accounts to state their approval.

Now, here we are, about a month later, and it sounds like the momentum has paid off. Netflix is now fitting the bill for this weird little movie.

Of course, we have no idea which of the concepts pitched via social media will actually make it to the big screen, but it’s a cool story nonetheless, and reps for Rae have even stated that they plan on crediting the Twitter uses who brainstormed this idea in some form.

What a truly amazing age we live in where something like this could actually get off the ground — and from very serious talent, no less. The film is currently being written, and production is hoped to start in 2018, after DuVernay wraps up A Wrinkle In Time.

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SOURCE: EW, Vanity Fair

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.