Director Dee Rees has lined up her next project, the fantasy musical “The Kyd’s Exquisite Follies.” The “Mudbound” director will be both writing and directing the feature, which is based on her own original script. Reported exclusively by Deadline, Rees is reteaming with “Mudbound” producer Cassian Elwes and singer Santigold will be composing the music for the film. Lucasfilm’s Industrial Light & Magic will be behind the fantasy’s visual effects department, with Endeavor Content set to rep the project.
From the Deadline article:
The Kyd’s Exquisite Follies is described as a swirling, futuristic roller-coaster journey of a young musician who catapults herself from the anonymity of her hometown of Same Ol’, Same Ol’ to the bright lights and plastic sights of the fabled It City in search of stardom.
“I was inspired by the AfroPunk and SteamFunk scenes and want to re-imagine the whole Follies genre for today, lift it out of the problematic tropes of the past and invest it with a queer, edgy energy,” Rees said. “My favorite musical as a kid growing up was The Wiz, but ironically I generally hated musicals. Which is why I wanted to take this on and write something original — to try and do something unexpected with the form — make a musical for people who hate musicals.
It’s gonna be fun It’s been an absolute dream being in the studio with Santigold. She’s an artist I’ve admired and wanted to work with for a long time— she’s such a creative producer and has a vast range of styles and references. She’s a genius and the music we’re making is exciting as hell. People are gonna be surprised. I can’t wait.”
In 2018, Rees became the first African American woman to be nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay at the Academy Awards. That writing credit was for “Mudbound,” which she shares with writer Virgil Williams. The Netflix Original film racked up four nominations at the Oscars, including for cinematography, original song, adapted screenplay and supporting actress for Mary J. Blige.