Every once in a while there’s a movie that, for absolutely no good reason, falls through the cracks and just doesn’t get the attention it deserves. In 2014, that movie was Justin Simien’s Dear White People.
Now, it’s not like no one has heard of this movie. Simien made a high quality concept trailer for his satire about being “a black face in a white place” with the money from his tax return in 2012, and people went nuts over it. He turned that into an Indiegogo campaign for the feature version, and raised $25,000 in three days (and much more over the rest of the campaign). And in 2014, the final film was the smash hit darling of that year’s Sundance. But still, when the film was released in 2015, it mostly flew under the radar. It’s now available on Netflix, and I hope you’ve seen it, because it is spectacular. It’s not a perfect film, but it’s the kind of funny, engaging, way-too-smart cinematic think piece we thrive on around these parts.
Set among 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, Dear White People is a send up of “post-racial” America that also weaves a universal story about forging one’s own unique path.
And now it’s not just the movie that will be available to watch on Netflix. The network announced today that the movie will be adapted for a 10-episode half hour series to air next year. Simien is onboard to write the series and direct the first episode, and two of the film’s producers are producing the series as well.
There’s aren’t many (or any) more details at the moment. No word on casting, although it’s probably a given that Tessa Thompson won’t be involved, since she’s a little busy joining the MCU, heading Alex Garland’s next movie, and continuing to be ignored for her incredible performance in Creed.
Just in case you somehow missed it the first time around, here’s the red band trailer for the movie, which you should then immediately go watch in full.