20th Century Fox obtained the rights for the comic book series, Goldie Vance written by Eisner winner Hope Larson and illustrated by Brittany Williams. The series revolves around a sixteen-year-old sleuth Marigold “Goldie” Vance who lives in a Florida resort with her father. Parks and Recreation‘s Rashida Jones has been brought in as the director along with Kerry Washington who is producing.
After leaving Toy Story 4, Jones has attached herself to another family-friendly project. According to reporting from Deadline, in addition to directing, Jones will always be adapting the work which is meant to be the beginning of a series of family-friendly adventure films. It is really exciting to see Fox go behind a diverse film series. They are holding on to the X-Men franchise, much to the disappointment of everyone else, but beyond that, they do not really have a “family” series they can cling to and it is no surprise they’d want it.
Both Coco and Wonder did amazing at the box office, the later to the surprise of everyone as it over-performed against Justice League and Coco pretty much took all of the holiday money just like Moana did before. Boss Baby did exceptionally well and the Despicable Me franchise has managed to turn the most annoying sidekicks since the gargoyles in Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame. While 20th Century Fox Animation has Ferdinand coming out in a few weeks it is still not a huge animation powerhouse.
While it is unclear if this will be a live-action or animated series, it is a huge win for women in comics. This was a series written and illustrated by women staring a Harriet-the-Spy-esq black girl. Not to mention her outfits are extremely dope. As noted on Screen Rant, Goldie Vance will be joining Gina Prince-Bythewood’s Silver & Black and Emily Carmichael’s Lumberjanes as comic book adaptations that are either being co-directed or helmed by talented women. It is an awesome accomplishment and I’m glad that this charming series will be reaching a broader audience.
Hollywood is taking note.
(via Screen Rant, image: Krista Kennell / Shutterstock.com)
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