ms_mmelissa (ms_mmelissa) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,
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Dee Rees is still working on her musical (and a lot of other things)


  • To promote her new film The Last Thing He Wanted Rees talked to the NYT

  • Is currently working on a musical that she describes as a cross between The Wiz and Star Wars with music by Santigold. Currently hustling for distributors

  • Her producing partner Cassian Elwes (brother of Cary AKA Westley in The Princess Bride) was inspired to seek her out after reading how abysmal the stats were for women of colour directors trying to get a second feature made. He had seen her film Pariah, realized she had never made a second film, and gave her the script for Mudbound saying it was her project if she wanted. He also produced TLTHW and her upcoming musical

  • Her strategy is to work on 5 projects at the same time to see what gets made first. In addition to the musical she is also working on a lesbian horror movie about two married black women who move to the countryside, a scifi graphic novel, and a TV police procedural about a black cop in the 1970s

  • It is still hard for her to get films made even after the success of Mudbound and she still finds the level of racism and disinterest difficult to deal with

  • The interview also covered the negative review Rees got for The Last Thing He Wanted but she still loves her movie and is continuing to work and sign new deals

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