According to Deadline, Netflix has started the process to develop a new adaptation based on the successful children’s book written by Lupita Nyong’o, ‘Sulwe’. The Oscar-winning actress herself produce the project to be adapted as an animated musical film.
“Sulwe’s story is very close to my heart,” Nyong’o said in a statement. Growing up, I was uncomfortable with my dark skin. I rarely see someone who looked like me in the pages of books and magazines, or even on television. It was a long journey for me to come to self-love. Sulwe is a mirror. for dark-skinned children to see themselves, a window for those unfamiliar with colorism to have understanding and empathy, and an invitation for all who feel different and invisible to recognize their innate beauty and worth. I am delighted that the book is being adapted into an animated musical that we hope will inspire children around the world to celebrate its uniqueness. “
The film tells the story of a girl named Sulwe with skin the color of midnight. She is darker than anyone she meets, but all she wants is to be beautiful and bright. One night, Sulwe is visited by a shooting star sent by the Night and embarks on a magical journey where he discovers the revealing story of the sisters Night and Da. It’s a story about colorism, self-esteem, and learning that true beauty comes from within.
Written by Nyong’o and illustrated by Vashti Harrison, the children’s book was published in 2019 by Simon & Schuster Books. Shortly after its release, it became a New York Times bestseller and was awarded a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award of Honor and a NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Children’s Literary Work.
Waiting to announce its director, cast and composer, ‘Sulwe’ will join the list of animated feature films that the streaming platform has underway, including ‘Pinocchio’ by Guillermo del Toro and ‘Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Adventure ‘by Richard Linklater.