Melissa V. Murray to make directorial debut with ‘We Real Cool,’ from producer Effie T. Brown

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Effie T. Brown

Stuart Ford’s AGC Studios has given the green light to “We Real Cool,” an urban action comedy from “Dear White People” producer Effie T. Brown, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“We Real Cool” will mark the feature debut of Melissa V. Murray, a graduate of the Ghetto Film School and a Sundance Ignite Fellow alumnus, who will direct from her own script. It is currently casting and is set to begin production early next year.

The story follows a trio of college-bound women who are Harlem natives. They get more than they expected when they attend a dubious party in Brooklyn: They are falsely implicated in a murder, get every local goon looking to cash in on the bounty on their heads, and then the trio — with no phones, no money and no working public transport in sight — has to battle its way out of the neighborhood and get back home.

Melissa V. Murray

“So many people talk a good game about inclusion and hiring women but rarely do they really follow through,” said Brown in a statement. “Stuart Ford and AGC did just that. In fact he doubled down — not only are they giving a talented first time queer black female director her break by financing her film, but AGC are also committed to leveling the Hollywood playing filed by supporting an all-black female producing team. This is how you make meaningful change in the industry. We can’t wait to get started.”

AGC will finance and co-produce the film, which Brown and Leah Natasha Thomas (“America Divided”) will produce. AGC’s Ford, Greg Shapiro and Glendon Palmer will executive produce.

The Hollywood Reporter notes that AGC recently announced two other urban female-focused features, backing “The Perfect Find,” a romantic comedy based on the best-selling book by Tia Williams, which will star Gabrielle Union (“Bring It On”), and picking up the life rights to the life story of Wall Street trailblazer Lauren Simmons as a vehicle for “Dope” star Kiersey Clemons.

-BAM

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