A few days ago I blogged about how there weren't enough films out there with strong female leads and not nearly enough films starring minority actresses. In my blog comments and on my Facebook page we discussed how the same is true of television. At the time I was talking in very general terms. I wanted (and continue to want) Hollywood to start casting women of color as leads in mainstream movies, not movies about what it's like to be a minority but a movie about life (or about action or comedy) where the lead just happens to be a minority and is someone who everybody can relate to. Preferably this character would have a multicultural group of friends. A few of you expressed doubts that we'd see a character like that on our screens anytime soon.
Well yesterday I had a meeting with a Hollywood insider who disagrees. She feels that we could have that character on the screen in the not too distant future. Her exact words were, "The world is ready for Sophie."
In other words she feels that the Sophie books are the vehicle to bridge that gap. Trying to get anything made in Hollywood is always a long-shot but I've been given reason to believe that my dream of making Sophie a star may very well be attainable. However I'm going to need your help. The power players in Hollywood are actually beginning to pay attention to online communities and even online petitions. If they see that there is a demand for something to be made into film they are much more likely to move on the project. Christina Makar who is the founder and president of the Kyra Davis Fans page on Facebook started an online petition requesting that Sophie be given the opportunity to "go Hollywood" as it were. I'm really hoping that all of you will sign it and encourage your Sophie loving friends to do the same. Obviously my motivations aren't entirely unselfish. I would love to see my characters brought to life by some of today's hottest and most talented actors/actresses. But I also really want to see us take that step toward a more multicultural sensibility in Hollywood. If there's a chance I can help make that happen then I certainly am going to try.
So what do you say? Will you work with me to make Hollywood a little more colorful?
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