Malala Yousafzai — activist, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and avowed “Stranger Things” fan — is in production on her first project for Apple, “Variety” has revealed.
Her production company Extracurricular has teamed up with independent studio A24 for an as-yet-untitled feature-length documentary about the legendary “haenyeo” society of female fishermen, who live on Jeju Island in South Korea.
The Apple Original Films title is directed by Peabody Award nominee Sue Kim (“The Speed Cubers”), and is the first project to go into production from Extracurricular’s partnership with Apple TV+, which closed in March 2021, note ‘Variety’.
Malala Yousafzai unveiled her first slate of film and TV projects for Apple TV+ on Monday via Extracurricular.
Headlining the film adaptation of Elaine Hsieh Chou’s acclaimed book “Disorientation,” which was released earlier this year. A cutting and famous satire, “Disorientation” tells of a student’s eye-opening dissertation on a young poet.
The project will be produced by “Don’t Look Up” director Adam McKay’s Hyperobject Industries, with supervision from Stephanie Mercado and Todd Schulman. No directors have yet been appointed.
Extracurricular is also working on a scripted series based on New York Times bestselling newbie writer Asha Lemmie’s coming-of-age novel “Fifty Words for Rain,” about a woman’s search for acceptance. in post-World War II Japan.
The main cast of both projects will introduce new talent, Extracurricular production manager Erika Kennair told Variety. “By its very nature, the lead role of ’50 Words for Rain’ is a half-black, half-Japanese woman. And unless Naomi Osaka wants to start acting, we’re going to have to find out about this woman, which is really exciting.
Speaking to ‘Variety’, Malala Yousafzai said: ‘What I hope to bring to the table are the voices of women of color, emerging writers and Muslim directors and writers. I hope we can have a wide range of perspectives and challenge some of the stereotypes we have in our societies.
Malala Yousafzai added, “I also hope the content is entertaining and people fall in love with the characters and have the best time together.”
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