A ‘Dear White People’ Series Is Coming To Netflix

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The Justin Simien directed film, Dear White People is officially being turned into a Netflix TV series.

The 2014 independent film that gave a satirical look at Ivy-League college from the black perspective has been picked up by Lionsgate Television to adapt the story for Netflix. Simien wrote all ten episodes of the show and will produce the pilot episode.

“Justin is a gifted storyteller whose bold, unique vision is perfectly suited to Netflix,” said Cindy Holland, Vice President of Original Content at Netflix, in a statement. “His original film Dear White People announced the arrival of a fresh, creative voice that had everyone talking, and we’re excited to have Justin create this new series for our members worldwide.”

“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 over television at 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.”

It’s currently unknown whether Tessa Thompson, Teyonah Parris, or the rest of the film’s cast will be involved with the show.

The series is set to debut in 2017.

(Photo Credit: Lionsgate)