By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act September 10, 2012 at 2:19PM
If you missed our announcement of this, or just need to revisit the details, here's a quick recap:
Fans of the web series that amusingly explores relationship dynamics, The Couple (created by Dennis Dortch, Jeanine Daniels, and Numa Perrier, via their Black & Sexy brand, starring Perrier and Desmond Faison), will be glad to know that a feature film based on the popular series is in the works!
Here's what we know thus far:
- First, it doesn't mean the web series will end; it will continue; consider the feature film an extension of the brand. It's a great time to be a content creator, as you're not limited to 1 or 2 platforms on which to distribute your content, and initial costs on some of these platforms aren't prohibitive. So why not have a web series, film, and even a TV show, graphic novel, and more, all based on the same property, simultaneously, if you can?
- The feature film will be made in the same neo-realisitic style as the web series, BUT, it won't comprise of a series of shorts/vignettes/episodes like the web series, or like Dennis' first feature film, A Good Day to be Black and Sexy.
- In terms of casting, the full lineup will be released soon enough, but expect to see some *name talent* in supporting roles, as well as some celebrity cameos. Let the speculation begin as to who some of these *name* actors and actresses might be.
- Thanks to the series' 14,600+ subscribers, really accumulated over a relatively short period of time, the production team plans to also self-distribute the completed film via "direct-to-audience" downloads - a similar strategy used by the likes of Louis CK and others.
- And finally, the film will be produced by series creator Jeanine Daniels, as well as Nikki Love (producer of Matthew Cherry's The Last Fall, and other films) and Numa Perrier.
I can also now add that the feature film's story will center on how winning a large sum of cash ($750,000.00) changes the lives of the couple, and those close to them.
To Kickstart the project, the production team launched a fundraising campaign yesterday, to raise $25,000 in the next 30 days.
I want to see the complete film, so I already made my contribution, and if you feel the same way, and can afford to, hopefully you'll make yours as well.
An interview with the team about this specific venture is forthcoming (I should have that posted before the end of this week), which will hopefully answer expected questions.
But I'll say no more, and let them speak for themselves in the video pitch below. Click HERE for the project's Kickstarter page, to contribute, or click within the widget underneath the video: