Friday, January 21, 2022

Director Boots Riley Announces ‘I’m A Virgo’ Series About a ’13-ft Black Man Who Lives in Oakland’

Boots Riley

*Boots Riley, director of “Sorry to Bother You,” has announced his next project will center on a 13-feet-tall man who lives in Oakland and starring Jharrel Jerome

Riley teased on Twitter that he has teamed with Michael Ellenberg’s Media Res to develop the series “I’m A Virgo,” which he describes as “dark, absurd, hilarious, and important,” Variety reports.

Jerome’s credit include Ava DuVernay‘s “When They See Us,” “Moonlight” and “Selah and the Spades.”

Check out Riley’s tweet about the project below.

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Riley made his directorial debut with 2018’s “Sorry to Bother You” which starred Lakeith Stanfield. The film is also set in Oakland and follows Stanfield as a telemarketer who discovers the key to success is talking to customers using his “white-voice.”

When asked in a 2018 Pitchfork interview about how he wanted to represent the city in the film, Riley explained: “It’s more like how I want to represent life in general. It wasn’t like, “This is Oakland.” It was like, “This is life. This is where I grew up.” We start off with a character who is maybe going to lose his house, and you think you know what this movie is about. But no: He’s mainly worried about why he’s here, and he wants his life to mean something,” he said.Adding “That existential crisis is something you rarely see portrayed by black characters; the idea that people think about their own existence and that they have hopes and dreams is taken away from people of color in their representation. You take, say, even a movie where a character is a dope dealer: He’s bad, or even if he’s good—he’s not a full human, thinking about who he is in the scope of time. But everybody does that! So I think people who see the movie will relate to that even if they’ve never been here.”

Further details about Riley’s new series—including a release date and network—have not yet been announced.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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