Mara Brock Akil Says She Needs $40-$60 Million to Make Girlfriends Movie

Mara Brock Akil recently appeared on Wendy Williams show to discuss her new series on OWN, Love Is_, and she talked briefly about the highly desired Girlfriends movie.

We Need A Girlfriends Movie For The Culture

Girlfriends revolved around the lives, loves, losses and friendship of Joan Clayton, Toni Childs, Maya Wilkes, Lynn Searcy and William Dent respectively played by Tracee Ellis Ross, Jill Marie Jones, Golden Brooks, Persia White and Reginald C. Hayes.

The show was cancelled mid-season a little over a decade ago, but many fans still want closure. The cast have all expressed at different points they’d be down to make a movie. Akil is too, but there’s one problem: a proper budget.

In a recent interview with Vulture, Akil shares she done’s begging people for funds to create the film.

“We can make an epic story and we can make a lot of money, but me hustling and knocking on doors begging to do this story is not where it is anymore,” says Akil. “It deserves somebody to see the value in it and write that check. […] Begging someone to see the value of Girlfriends, I can’t do it anymore.”

While on Wendy Williams show, Williams asked Akil where the Girlfriends movie is.

“Here’s the thing. There was a time I would’ve made the Girlfriends movie for $2 million, $5 million or $10 million. Now, you know what, it is of value, and people need to recognize that value.”

I’m with you Mara Brock Akil. With its fanbase, a Girlfriends movie would easily generate $60 million plus. Hopefully some studio sees the value in it, soon!

Check out the entire segment below and see what else Akil had to say (and make sure to tune into Love Is_ on OWN):


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Bryant Lydell

Bryant Lydell is creative, personable and quick-witted Howard and USC alum. He's the founder of The Top Tea, a songwriter, screenwriter and member of the casting team for Netflix's NAACP Image Award-winning hip-hop competition series Rhythm + Flow.

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