Netflix has teamed up with Justin Simien, director of the critically-acclaimed indie film Dear White People, to bring a new Dear White People inspired comedy series to its subscribers.
The series will follow a cast of diverse students navigating an Ivy League college whose predominately white faculty and staff neglect to address the racial issues occurring around them.
“During the film’s release, I had the pleasure to speak with hundreds of students and faculty across a variety of college campuses dealing with these very issues in real-time. I’m so grateful to have this platform – not only to give a voice to those too often unheard in our culture, but to also tell great stories from new points of views.” said Simien, who will be writing the series.
Dear White People is being produced by Lionsgate (Orange is the New Black) and goes into production later this year. The 10-episode, 30 minute series is scheduled to premiere on Netflix in 2017.
“We’re proud to expand our partnership with our friends at Netflix on a comedy that tackles racial themes with a combination of intelligence, honesty, irreverence and wit,” said Chris Selak, Executive Vice President, Television, Lionsgate Television. “Our original film with Roadside Attractions catapulted Dear White People into the national conversation about race, and Justin and the rest of the creative team have an opportunity to expand this world and bring its timely and universal themes to a global television audience.”
No news yet on who they’ll cast in the series. Tessa Thompson may be too busy with Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok to sign onto the project. In the meantime you can rent the DVD film of Dear White People on Netflix.