‘Swarm’: Inside Malia Obama’s ‘Wild’ TV Writing Debut On Donald Glover’s Series (Exclusive)
17.03.2023 - 20:25
While “Swarm” comes from the minds of Donald Glover and Janine Nabers, both of whom worked together on “Atlanta” before they co-created the Prime Video series, it also features contributions from Malia Obama, who makes her TV writing debut on the show.
And Obama’s episode does not disappoint, with Nabers, who serves as the series’ showrunner, telling ET that “[‘Girl, Bye’] is probably one of the wildest episodes.” She adds, “I think it’s going to surprise a lot of people. It’s pretty dope. I’m really proud of it.”
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Without giving anything away, “Swarm” follows a young woman named Dre (Dominique Fishback), who goes on an increasingly violent journey following an unexpected trauma involving her sister, Marissa (Chloe Bailey), as she tries to get closer to her idol, the Houston-born singer Ni’Jah.
“Girl, Bye”, which features a teleplay co-written by Nabers and Obama based on a story by Nabers and Ibra Ake, comes just past the halfway point as the wildly fascinating series continues to become more and more twisted with each one of Dre’s encounters with people that come across her path.
“Some of her pitches were wild as hell, and they were just so good and so funny,” Nabers says of the former first daughter. “She’s an incredible writer. She brought a lot to the table… She’s really, really dedicated to her craft.”
After first interning on the set of “Girls” and then working as a production assistant on the Halle Berry series “Extant”, Obama was recruited by Glover to be a staff writer on “Swarm”, which also included Stephen Glover, Ake, Jamal Olori, Kara Brown and Karen Joseph Adcock in the writers’ room.