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Lionsgate Obtains Rights to Rebel Wilson’s K-Pop Movie, Many Asian Americans Skeptical

Lionsgate has obtained the rights to Seoul Girls, a movie written by Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) and revised by Young iI Kim (Rodham Billions), Deadline reports.

According to Forbes, the comedy will center around a Korean American high school girl who enters a worldwide competition with her friends to be the opening act for a popular K-Pop boy band.

Wilson will serve as producer alongside Alison Owen and Debra Hayward of Monumental Pictures.

On Twitter, Wilson said she wanted the first movie she wrote to be about diverse roles. Many people, however, are not thrilled that a white woman has written a movie about the Asian American experience.

Asian Americans expressed their discontent on Twitter.

Others pointed out that Young iI Kim, had been brought in to do a revision of the script, but questioned what steps the film would take to further representation of Asian Americans. The film is being produced by three white women: Wilson, Owen, and Hayward.

Some also criticized those who were quick to defend the movie because the script was revised by one Korean American writer.

Young iI Kim said on Twitter to express his excitement about the project.

The movie’s development is still in the early stages. There is no word yet on who might direct or star in Seoul Girls.

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