The 2007 lesbian film I Can't Think
Straight is planning a return as a web series.
In the original film, Jordanian of
Palestinian descent Tala (played by Lisa Ray) and British Indian
Leyla (Sheetal Sheth) fall in love despite their cultural
differences. Directed and written by Shamin Sarif and produced by
Hanan Kattan, the film has become a cult favorite. (A trailer for
the original film is embedded in the right panel of this page.)
Now Sarif and Kattan say they want to
remake the film as a web series and are looking to finance the show's
first tentative 15-episode season through direct fundraising.
Sarif said she wanted the opportunity
to “develop more of the family dynamics and to take Tala and
Leyla's relationship further.”
“We took it to TV networks but they
wanted to either lose the cultural backgrounds or have the core love
story be abusive. But it is the sense of hope and possibility –
despite the odds – that people have responded to,” she said.
“We believe that with fan support, we
can keep our creative independence,” Kattan explained.
The producers' fundraising site went
live on Friday at icantthinkstraight.tv.