Director Justin Simien has found major success over the last few years with Dear White People – both the film and the series – and has now moved on to an equally exciting project. He will direct Bad Hair, a film about a singer who gets a weave in order to be taken seriously in the music industry, only to realise it was a mistake that may lead to grave consequences.
Simien is re-teaming with Dear White People producers Julia Lebedev, Eddie Vaisman, and Oren Moverman of Sight Unseen for the film. The synopsis is as follows:
“Paralleling the rise of New Jack Swing in 1989, Bad Hair is a horror satire that follows an ambitious young woman who gets a weave in order to survive the image obsessed world of music television. Her professional success comes at a higher cost than anticipated, however, when she discovers her new hair may have a mind of its own”.
It’s hard not to be excited about a film where the villain is literally hair. Japanese director Sion Sono certainly made it work in his unsurprisingly weird 2007 film, Exte.
What’s more interesting is the fact that the huge success of Get Out‘s combination of horror and satire while examining American race relations looks to have led to studios realising that challenging genre work from artists who haven’t traditionally been given opportunities in the industry is something that people want to pay money to see.
The film already has a teaser website containing a strange, mysterious video that will reportedly be updated as the film goes through production. Now we wait for more news regarding casting and other aspects as the film heads towards production.