Mara Brock Akil Will No Longer Beg Studios to Finance a ‘Girlfriends’ Film
“I think it’s a timing thing and also the legal stuff. When you sell a script, you don’t actually own it anymore so whatever CBS and Paramount want to do” Jones shared.
Now, creator of Girlfriends, Mara Brock Akil, revealed that she has written a script for the movie but has yet to find someone to back the script. Brock Akil tells Vulture that she will no longer beg someone to do so because she has other creations she’s working on that are currently getting more attention.
“You can tell any studio in town that if they have 50 – 60 million, I already have the script. We can make an epic story and we can make a lot of money, but me hustling and knocking on doors begging to do this story is not where it is anymore. It [Girlfriends film adaptation] deserves somebody to see the value in it and write the check. That’s what it’s about. People often think I have the power. Well, I have a lot of creative input, I know the vision of it, but I need the money. That’s what this industry is all about supporting artists and supporting storytellers and hearing the audience for what they want and need.”
Brock Akil continues, “There still is a lack of value for what black women want, yet we have proven to be one of the strongest consumers in the marketplace. Yet we still are undervalued about what we want and need….but I can’t keep worrying about that and hustling because I wouldn’t have come up with Nuri and Yasir. I wouldn’t have helped launch Black Lightning. I have a lot more stories in me. Begging someone to see the value of Girlfriends,…I can’t do it anymore.”