Dee Rees has been a major powerhouse, recently coming off Sundance 2017 success with her hit Mudbound, which has been acquired by Netflix. Well, the wins don’t stop there because per The Guardian, she is developing a horror film with Get Out producer Blumhouse! The film will be doubly inclusive as it will star Black lesbians.

“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?’” Rees said to Blumhouse’s Jason Blum in an interview via the NY Times, in which she pitched him an idea about a small-town scary movie based in one location. “Maybe it was a ghost. Or maybe it was some other force – like us not wanting to be there or fitting in.”

We’re happy to report that Rees is now working on a script about “the domestic lives of black lesbians in rural America,” which is a huge deal for representation in this specific genre. “I can’t tell you how rare it is that people mean what they say in this business,” she said. “He’s just letting me make the best possible version of what I want to make.”

In addition to her period drama Mudbound which sold to Netflix for $12.5m after receiving stellar Sundance reviews, Rees also has the HBO biopic Bessie and breakout 2011 film Pariah under her belt. Mudbound tells the story of two families, one white and one black, living in rural Mississippi and stars Carey Mulligan and Mary J Blige.

This is great news for inclusivity in the horror genre for both in front of and behind the camera! Congrats to Dee Rees! We look forward to seeing this story!

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