Inspiration Zola A’Ziah King has a bone to pick with A24.
King, whose viral Twitter feed about a trip to Florida inspired the dark comedy film Zola, has slammed the production company for not inviting her to the Independent Spirit Awards and preventing her from being recognized for her contributions. to the movie.
“I think it’s hilarious that ZOLA is up for 7 awards and no one thought to invite me or include me IN the writers award category,” she tweeted, adding, ” Like there would have been a movie or a screenplay to write if I didn’t…wrote it?Most of all the movies this year and all the movies @A24 has EVER made.
‘My beef is with A24’: A’Ziah King, the woman who wrote a 148 Twitter thread that inspired the movie Zola, calls out A24 for not inviting her to the upcoming 2022 Independent Spirit Awards
Zola the Movie earned seven Independent Spirit Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay.
Although she did not write the screenplay that bears her name, King maintains that she worked with Janicza Bravo as it developed, according to We Weekly. Bravo not only co-wrote the film with Jeremy O. Harris, but she also served as director.
After Bravo joined the production, she made sure King would be credited and compensated for his original tweets, Us also revealed. The film has the title card which reads: “Based on A’Ziah King’s tweets”; she was given the title of executive producer; and she will receive 2.5% of the film’s profits.
The Independent Spirit Awards nomination only lists Bravo and Harris as writers.
Her take: King expressed her frustration on Twitter, writing how she finds it ‘hilarious’ that the film was up for seven awards ‘and no one thought to invite her’ to the ceremony
Directed to the production company: King made a point of specifically calling out A24, which is an independent entertainment company founded in 2012
King made it clear in her tweets that she was specifically calling A24, the independent entertainment company that released Zola in 2021, and no one else. The organization was founded in 2012 by Daniel Katz, David Fenkel and John Hodges.
It specializes in film and television production, as well as film distribution, and is behind productions such as Euphoria, Uncut Gems, Midsommar, Lady Bird, Moonlight, Ramy, among others.
She continued, “Let’s be clear: my beef is with A24 exclusively. Not the creators or the rewards. a24 [sic] is the OP rn [sic]. Nobody else.’
‘I HAVE been credited and I am VERY happy with my EP credit! I am in awe of [director] Janicza [Bravo] & Jeremy [O. Harris]s written and directed. They deserve and have fought for me for years. However, not getting an invite or even being thought about is the problem,’ King explained.
Uncredited as screenwriter: King was credited on a title card for the film which reads: ‘Based on tweets by A’Ziah King’; as executive producer of the film; and will receive 2.5% of the film’s profits; she is pictured front left with co-writer and director Janicza Bravo, Nicholas Braun, Riley Keough, Colman Domingo, co-writer Jeremy O. Harris and Taylour Paige in January 2020 in Park City, Utah
Several hours later, however, King revealed that she had received two tickets.
“Shadow room posts a tweet and all of a sudden I have 2 tickets coming,” she posted. ‘I bet so…. I will see you all there.
King started his Twitter feed, which totaled 148 tweets, in October 2015 with the line, ‘Y’all wanna hear a story about why me and this bitch here fell? It’s a bit long but full of suspense.
The thread then culminated in an article by Rolling Stone by David Kushner: “Zola Tells It All: The Real Story Behind the Greatest Stripper Saga Ever Tweeted,” which helped clarify some of the details of the thread; while the two were credited as the source of the adaptation’s script.
Zola the Movie stars Taylour Paige as the title character, Aziah ‘Zola’ King, along with Riley Keough, Nicholas Braun, Ari’el Stachel, and Colman Domingo, among others.
The story centers on a waitress/dancer who is seduced into a weekend of stripping in Florida for a quick buck – but the trip becomes a sleepless 48-hour odyssey involving an infamous friend, her pimp and her silly boyfriend.
The 37th Independent Spirit Awards, which are televised in the United States on IFC, are held on March 6.
Coming soon: Zola is up for seven awards at the 37th Independent Spirit Awards, which will be held on March 6, 2022 and will be televised in the United States on IFC