We just discovered from our spies over at Lionsgate Films (and our friends at Variety)that Lionsgate plans to partner with Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films to acquire rights to the GQ Magazine article that was titled “Will You Be My Black Friend?”
For those of us who have no idea what the article was about, it was a very funny account by writer Devin Friedman (senior correspondent at GQ) about his stupid attempt to make friends with people of color.
It turns out that this film is going to be developed as a star vehicle for comedian and actor Chris Rock.
After a cocktail party, the writer has an epiphany that his entire social circle is the same color, and the white writer tries to make an attempt to make black friends, down to soliciting prospective pals in a Craigslist ad.
He later discovers that race aside, it is very difficult to make meaningful friends later in life.
The film will be produced by Winfrey, Kate Forte and Carla Gardini.
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