It’s been two years since we learned that Aziah Wells’ Zola story, the one that went viral on Twitter, would be co-opted by mostly White men. Though Wells is the one who told the story, the screenplay is going to be based on the Rolling Stone article, written by David Kushher, a White man. It’s set to be produced by James Franco and Vince Jolivette, two more White men.
Thankfully, there is another Black face being associated with this Black woman’s story.
According to Shadow And Act, Janicza Bravo is coming on board to direct the film. Known for her work on “Atlanta” and “Dear White People,” Braco directed her own comedy-drama Lemon that created a lot of buzz.
In the viral 148 tweet story, Wells shared her road trip to Florida with a White woman she met briefly invited her to strip and make some money. The trip ended up being something totally different that involved prostitution, sexual assault, a ruined romantic relationship and the takedown of a pimp.
While there were rumors that Franco had been removed from the project because of allegations of sexual assault, he is still attached. Although they might decide not to make a big deal about the partnership.
We’ll be sure to keep you updated about this project.