Frank Ocean in talks to write and direct first film with studio behind Moonlight

Frank Ocean, with green hair, holding a doll with a green face

Frank Ocean is reportedly set to write and direct his first-ever feature film with indie studio A24.

The Channel Orange singer is reportedly in talks with A24 – known for Ladybird, Uncut Gems, Everything Everywhere All At Once and the TV series Euphoria  – about making a film, a report from DiscussingFilm says

No details have been revealed so far as to what the film would entail, although sources claim that Ocean is looking to film in New Mexico and that the project is currently being referred to as “Philly”.

Rumours suggest filming would commence at some point during autumn and for production to finish before 2023, although this is still in talks since the artist is expected to headline Coachella next year.

The Grammy-winning singer-songwriter has previously worked with A24 in the past, writing the foreword for the critically-acclaimed 2016 LGBTQ+ drama Moonlight, as well as providing music numbers for Trey Shelts’ 2019 film Waves.

He previously wrote and directed the visual album Endless, a multimedia project that intertwines music with filmmaking. Endless was somewhat of a passion project for Ocean, who has previously expressed his love for filmmaking.

If it is to go ahead, Ocean would work with the relatively new production company 2AM, known for the A24 slasher Bodies, Bodies, Bodies, and the upcoming drama Past Lives.

Despite being a new studio in the indie making business, its executives are no strangers to the industry. Producers Julia Oh and David Hinojosa have worked on such films as Vox Lux, American Woman, Shirley, Zola, Mothering Sunday, and The Electrical Life of Louis Wain.

Born in Long Beach, California, the two-time Grammy Award winner is best known for his work on albums like Blonde and Channel Orange, both of which were featured in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.

The songwriter also dipped his toes into jewellery last year with his sought-after brand Homer. His initial selection was released in 2021 at the New York Jewellery Exchange, with prices on products ranging from $395 to $1.9 million.