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Michaela Coel is back gracing the small screen with another powerful, thought-provoking series called I May Destroy You.

Loosely based on Michaela’s own personal experience with sexual assault, I May Destroy You follows Arabella, a budding novelist who’s on a tight deadline. To rid herself of writer’s block, she decides to have a night out with friends. The next morning, she realizes she has no recollection of the night’s events, only to discover she’d been drugged and raped.

Michaela Coel

 The new drama series on HBO delves into the psychological realness and raw emotional journey one goes through in the aftermath of sexual assault. I May Destroy You marks Coel’s real first time in the driver’s seat. A show entirely of her own making; she is its showrunner, director, star, and writer.

Michaela Coel first started pitching the series in the spring of 2017, according to Vulture, and she was this close to signing a million-dollar deal with Netflix but changed her mind after making a startling discovery: she wouldn’t be entitled to any percentage of the copyright. She also cut ties with her U.S. talent agency, CAA, after she learned the company would be making a cut from the show.

Michaela Coel

“There was just silence on the phone,” she recalled of the disturbing conversation with Netflix. “‘It’s not how we do things here. Nobody does that, it’s not a big deal.’ I said, ‘If it’s not a big deal, then I’d really like to have 5 percent of my rights.'”
The streaming giant didn’t budge even after she whittled down the percentage to a tiny 0.5%, so she set off to pitch the show elsewhere. Mere months after curving Netflix and CAA, Michaela Coel found a new home for I May Destroy You; BBC (and later HBO) happily signed the dotted line, handing her full reign over the creative as well as the rights to the show.
We love to see it!

By: Dammy Eneli

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