‘SMILF’ Creator Frankie Shaw To Direct T Kira Madden’s ‘Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls’
Frankie Shaw, best known for her role in the first season of USA’s critically-acclaimed series Mr. Robot, is slowly building up quite the résumé. In addition to her on-screen roles, Shaw transitioned to roles behind the camera with her Showtime series SMILF. As first reported by Deadline, Shaw is set to direct the upcoming film adaptation of T Kira Madden’s celebrated Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls memoir.
The memoir was first published in March 2019. Madden penned the nonfiction piece following the death of her father. Madden described the piece as “a coming-of-age memoir growing up in Boca Raton, Florida, in a very privileged Jewish community as a biracial, queer girl with a lot of family secrets: two addict parents and a famous family, as well.”
During a conversation with Deadline, Shaw expressed her excitement for the project.
“T Kira’s story is a lesson in radical self-acceptance, an open-hearted love letter to our pain and our mistakes, it is proof that while we are fundamentally shaped by our trauma, it does not have to define us,” Shaw said. We feel incredibly lucky and grateful to be working with Kira, an immensely talented writer with a truly singular voice, and we look forward to bringing Long Live to life on screen.”
Additionally, Madden also spoke of what she hopes to achieve with the upcoming film adaptation.
“This isn’t a story of victimhood—it’s a story about power,” the author said. “Together, we create something bold and funny and badly behaved with the queer and POC visibility I’ve been starving for. Moviegoers are so obviously starving for it; we’re ready.”
The film will be produced by Our Lady Productions and financed by Bow & Arrow. The news comes a year after the cancelation of SMILF on Showtime. Reports of sexual misconduct allegations and mishandling of sex scenes suspended the show’s 2-year run. However, Shaw was cleared of all allegations in a subsequent investigation by ABC Studios, which resulted in a settlement.
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