With awarding-winning television hits like “The Chi” and “Master of None”, and a role in “Ready Player One” under her belt, Lena Waithe is already zeroing in on her next project — a Mary Tyler Moore biopic.
The Emmy winner told The Hollywood Reporter that Moore is a hero of hers because of the risks Moore took for women in television.
“I read her autobiography more times than I can count,” Waithe said, “because I was obsessed with ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’. I was, like, Who is this woman? Who is this person that everybody is wanting to be, that everybody was so happy when she came onscreen? Who was this woman who went from being Dick Van Dyke’s wife [on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show’] to the first woman to wear pants on primetime television? The first real single girl that wasn’t focused on finding a man on primetime TV.
“I feel like, I want to tell her story. That is what I want to do, I’m only concerned with doing what I want to do. I don’t want to follow a certain path. I just want to just make dope s**t.”
While it’s only an idea right now, Waithe knows it’s something she wants to complete. “I don’t really know how to do it,” she told THR. “I really want to do that and find a dope actress to come in and play her and figure it out.”
Waithe recently became the first black woman to receive an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series.