2014 Crowd-Funded 'Dear White People' Gets a Straight-to-Series Order from Netflix
This is one of those age-old stories of the little guy getting his big break. Justin Simien's 2014 crowd-funded film Dear White People has been offered a straight-to-series order from Netflix for 10 thirty-minute episodes.
The series will follow the lives of students of colour at a mostly White Iv League university. The story lets us watch as these characters forge their own path in a "post-racial" America where racial tensions do occur, but are often ignored.
Simien will write the series and direct the premiere, with Devon Shepard, Stephanie Allain Bray, and Julia Lebedev all acting as executive producers. Production is expected to start this year with an early 2017 debut eyed.
Dear White People won 2014's Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Award for Breakthrough Talent. Simien's film earned him a spot on Variety's annual "10 Directors to Watch" list.