Michaela Coel isn't interested in selling out.
According to a new Vulture profile, Coel revealed how she turned down a $1 million Netflix deal for I May Destroy You because of the terms that would have harmed her creative control.
"When she first began pitching I May Destroy You in spring 2017, Netflix offered her $1 million upfront," states the article. "But when she learned they wouldn't allow her to retain any percentage of the copyright, she said no. No amount was worth that. She fired CAA; her agency in the U.S. too, when it tried to push her to take the deal after she learned it would be making an undisclosed amount on the back end."
The article states that Coel "relentlessly" asked questions when it comes to protecting her creative works. "She has discovered that the explanation [to things she doesn't understand] is where people begin to falter and the fissures of conventional wisdom crack wider," the profile continued. "It may be business as usual, but is it right? Is it good?"
Seeing how HBO is giving I May Destroy You tons of support, including creating resources for viewers when it comes to reckoning with sexual violence, it's clear Coel made a good decision regarding her vision.
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