Taylour Paige says Zola’s first script felt exploitative
“It didn’t seem like a good fit.”
Taylour Paige was definitely not a fan of Zola the first time she read the script.
The next film tells the true story of a woman named Zola who gets dragged on a trip to Florida by a woman she meets in Hooters. They head south for a weekend of “houism” that turns into prostitution, extortion and murder.
Zola is based on an iconic 148-tweeted thread written by Zola herself – but it had to undergo a few rewrites before it was ready to be filmed.
Taylour, who plays Zola in the film, says the original screenplay written by Andrew Neel and Mike Roberts “just didn’t feel well suited.”
“It was like, ‘We’re just going to make a movie and make some money with something and do some shit.’ It sounded like shit we’ve seen before. With all due respect, that’s no shadow for these two people who wrote it, “Taylour said. HEY.
She continued, “I was just like, ‘This doesn’t sound like A) the story I want to tell, and B) it doesn’t remind me of the feeling I had when I read her handwriting. ‘”
Taylour noted that there were little nuances in Zola’s handwriting that “what two white men just can’t do.”
“Sorry! It was completely different, and it was also like an exploitation,” Taylour added.
Thankfully, the film passed down to writer / director Janicza Bravo and co-writer Jeremy O. Harris, who Taylour says gave the story the justice it deserved.
“By the time I got the new script, it was Janicza and Jeremy O. Harris, and they’re just geniuses,” Taylour said previously. HEY.
Zola opens in theaters June 30.
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