Netflix Orders 'Dear White People' Comedy Series

Director Justin Simien will write 10-episode run, direct first episode

Netflix ordered a 10-episode run of 'Dear White People,' based on Justin Simien's 2014 indie comedy. Credit: Everett Collection

Netflix has ordered a TV adaptation of Justin Simien's 2014 indie comedy Dear White People for 2017.

Like the film, the Netflix series will follow a group of students of color dealing with the various problems of young adult life while also grappling with issues of race, privilege and power at a fictional Ivy League college.

"During the film's release, I had the pleasure to speak with hundreds of students and faculty across a variety of college campuses dealing with these very issues in real time," Simien said. "I'm so grateful to have this platform — not only to give a voice to those too often unheard in our culture, but to also tell great stories from new points of views."

Casting decisions for Dear White People have yet to be announced and it's unclear if the series will follow the same set of characters as the movie. The film starred Tessa Thompson, Tyler James Williams, Teyonah Parris, Dennis Haysbert, Malcolm Barrett and Brandon Bell.

Simien crafted Dear White People from a concept trailer he made using a tax refund. The film itself was crowd-funded and earned high praise at various festivals. Since, Simien has been tapped to direct the comedy, Make a Wish, starring Captain America's Anthony Mackie, and develop a musical for Macro, a new production banner focusing projects for multicultural audiences.