In what surely must be a first, Netflix will reportedly develop a movie based on a series of jokes made based on a picture posted to Twitter. If you’re confused, that’s ok. Way back in April, Twitter happened upon a photo of Rihanna and Lupita N'Yongo sitting next to each other at a Miu Miu fashion show. One user opined that Rihanna and Nyong'o looked like a conwoman team.
The project was, again, just a bunch of jokes before it was nabbed by Netflix at Cannes Film Festival. Ava DuVernay will direct the project, which will star Rihanna and N'Yongo and be written by Insecure star and creator Issa Rae. Let’s take a step back and admire the sequence of events that culminated in this project taking shape.
The story begins with this, “a picture for the history books.”
A picture for the history books pic.twitter.com/OgxAGZMn4Z— ash (@blaquepink) April 18, 2017
Then, a tweet from @1800SADGAL lit the internet on fire.
Rihanna looks like she scams rich white men and lupita is the computer smart best friend that helps plan the scans https://t.co/PhWs1xd3nj— kateria 🌸 (@MFKAILLOU) April 18, 2017
Lupita was the first to show interest, taking to Twitter to recruit Rihanna into their partnership of hacker and con-woman femme fatale.
Rihanna replied three days later, even managing to coin a new nickname for the celebrated actress in the process. Then all at once, it went from Twitter fantasy to conrete reality.
I’m in Pit'z https://t.co/Kz0o3lBEmL— Rihanna (@rihanna) April 23, 2017
Film producer Helen Estabrook, who produced Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash, entered the fray next.
Issa Rae knows that gifs speak louder than words.
Ava Duvernay, Academy-Award nominated director of 13th, made surely the easiest call of her career when she volunteered her services.
In the most improbable part of the process, Lionsgate offered to distribute the film.
Lionsgate is ready! Are you guys serious? If so a deal can be done this week!— Codeblack Life (@CodeblackLife) April 24, 2017
This may not be The Arab Spring but Twitter has probably never had a better moment this year.