Malala enters Hollywood to promote “people of colour”, launches her production house
Nobel Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai decided to promote the people of colour by launching her production house “Extracurricular” and signed a deal for three Apple films, reported Variety.
The publication revealed that the acclaimed book Disorientation by Elaine Hsieh Chou, a parody that was released earlier this year and is about a college student’s enlightening dissertation on a young poet, will be the first project in the 2018 slate. The publication also disclosed that Adam McKay, the director of Don’t Look Up, will produce the film under his Hyperobject Industries company, with Stephanie Mercado and Todd Schulman serving as producers.
The second project of Malal’s production company will be a scripted television series based on Asha Lemmie’s coming-of-age novel Fifty Words for Rain, which is about a woman’s quest for acceptance in post-World War II Japan.
The Apple agreement will generally cover dramas, comedies, documentaries, animation, and kids’ shows.
While talking to Variety Malala said, “I’ve realized that we shouldn’t limit activism to the work of NGOs only: There’s also the element of changing people’s minds and perspectives — and that requires a bit more work”.
She also raised her concern over the representation of people of colour in Hollywood and said, “you’re often told in Hollywood, implicitly or explicitly, that the characters are too young, too brown or too Muslim, or that if one show about a person of colour is made, then that’s it — you don’t need to make another one. That needs to change”.
Yousafzai further said, “I’m a woman, a Muslim, a Pashtun, a Pakistani and a person of colour. And I watched ‘Succession,’ ‘Ted Lasso’ and ‘Severance,’ where the leads are white people — and especially a lot of white men. If we can watch those shows, then I think audiences should be able to watch shows that are made by people of colour, and produced and directed by people of colour, with people of colour in the lead. That is possible, and I’m gonna make it happen”.