“You’ve got me and my wife, two Black lesbians, and when we first moved in, we fought every day over all these little things: ‘Why is this over there? Did you move that? Maybe it was a ghost. Or maybe it was some other force — like us not wanting to be there or fitting in.”
That was the pitch acclaimed writer-director Dee Rees gave to producer Jason Blum, the creator of racially-charged horror movie fame, “Get Out.”
The two met at the Sundance Institute earlier this year, and as The Tracking Board reported, signed a deal soon after the initial meeting.
“I can’t tell you how rare it is that people mean what they say in this business,” Rees said of the film that will soon draw on her own life experiences, The Independent reported. “He’s just letting me make the best possible version of what I want to make.”
Rees’ period drama titled "Mudbound," which weaves through issues of race in rural United States, has already been sold to Netflix for US$12 million, after rave reviews at Sundance.
Her latest project will, like “Get Out,” combine horror with issues of race and racism. That top box-office flick, which made US$204 million worldwide from a US$4.5 million budget, followed a Black man entrapped in the nefariously racist plot against him by his white girlfriend and her family.
The movie stirred a heated debate among movie-goers and critics, as it put issues of race at the center of its script at a time when the United States is suffering continued unrest over racial injustice and police killings of Black people.