Hey girl, heyyyy! Have we got some news for you! Do you remember the movie Brown Sugar (2002), starring Sanaa Lathan and Taye Diggs (among many other hot celebs)? How about the 2010 flick Just Wright with Queen Latifah and Common? The award-winning mastermind behind both of those hit romantic comedies is Hollywood screenwriter and producer, Michael Elliot.
Michael Elliot (who also wrote the screenplays for Carmen: A Hip Hopera and Like Mike) has shared that although he loved the role that Latifah played in Brown Sugar (she played best friend to Lathan), what impressed him even more was when she completely rocked the lead role in Just Wright. In that movie, she played a sexy, successful, independent woman who caught the eye of the male lead – with no references being made to her curvy figure.
But Michael Elliot wants more.
And I am here for this.
Michael is determined to change the way that Hollywood views and portrays plus size women. Through an Indiegogo campaign, he is using this platform to make it happen! Putting the grassroots funding power of IndieGoGo, Michael wants to raise money for a brand new romantic comedy that will feature (you guessed it!) a plus size actress in the much-coveted leading lady role.
The name of the campaign is Project Plus Size Movie Star.
In Hollywood, it is a rare occasion when we see plus size women being portrayed as sexy or desirable. We are often seen playing the parts of BFFs, comic relief, or other roles that don’t really allow us much of an honest, layered, or nuanced voice. With Michael’s vision, he believes that this project could go a long way towards changing that trend. In fact, he believes that the campaign alone could make waves in the movie industry. Um, where do I sign up????
Michael shares, “I believe that if this campaign reaches and exceeds its funding goal, it will send a message to Hollywood that there is tremendous support for films that feature plus size women in starring roles. And should this film do well at the box office or in television ratings, Hollywood studios and networks will see the economic viability of films starring plus size actresses, and fund more of them. More positive images of plus size women in film will not only affect how women, including my own daughters, view themselves and how others – both men and women – view other women, but begin to destroy the longstanding Hollywood ideal of beauty that is neither realistic nor accurate.”
Doesnt this sound amazing? With someone in his position to light a fire under Hollywood’s behind to get this going? I am here for it. ALL THE WAY.
So what is the plot of this movie?
Michael shares that his project is “a mix between Working Girl and Sweet Home Alabama.” Inserts a shoulder shimmy while saying, FUNNNNNN! And of course, I have a little video to share!
So, are you game? Are you interested and want to get this project off the ground? Well, I suggest that you head on over to indiegogo.com/projects/project-plus-size-movie-star and show your support and excitement with this project! I know that I am going to do my part in making Michael’s vision a reality.
How about you?
What do you think about this campaign and Elliot’s thoughts on how it can change the face of Hollywood? Let us know in the comments below!