June 13, 2024

Meghan Markle reportedly pitching doc about BLM co-founder Patrisse Cullors as part of $100M Netflix deal

Earlier this month theGrio revealed that Harry and Meghan founded a production company and inked a multiyear deal with Netflix. Now it appears that a documentary about Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullors may be on the table.

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According to The Daily Mail, Markle has proposed making a movie about Cullors – one of the three women who founded the BLM movement – who is said to have “hugely inspired’ her.

Cullors, 36, founded Black Lives Matter in 2013 with Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi in response to George Zimmermans acquittal for killing Florida teenager Trayvon Martin in 2012.

“She thinks her story needs to be told – and she would love to be the one to make it,” a source said, noting that Markle is, “blown away by the incredible work Patrisse has done.”

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Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks during a special school assembly at the Robert Clack Upper School in Dagenham ahead of International Women’s Day (IWD) held on Sunday 8th March, on March 6, 2020 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Stansall-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

If Netflix were to greenlight the biopic, it would be part of a deal with the streaming service, which is said to be worth upwards of $100M.

“Our focus will be on creating content that informs but also gives hope,” the dynamic duo said in a statement. “As new parents, making inspirational family programming is also important to us.”

They also noted that Netflix’s “unprecedented reach will help us share impactful content that unlocks action,” which makes sense given that the streaming service has 193M subscribers worldwide.

As we previously reported, the Duchess of Sussex has also spoken about her support of the Black Lives Matter protests sparked by the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor.

“It was so sad to see where our country was in that moment,” Markle said in an interview with The 19th, a nonprofit, nonpartisan newsroom reporting on gender, politics, and policy. Markle spoke about being a mother and said she is happy to be home in Los Angeles despite the challenges of continued racial discrimination.

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Patrisse Cullors speaks on stage at the Teen Vogue Summit 2019 at Goya Studios on November 02, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Teen Vogue)

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“If there’s any silver lining in that, I would say that in the weeks after the murder of George Floyd, in the peaceful protests that you were seeing, in the voices that were coming out, in the way that people were actually owning their role.”

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