People Are Tweeting #NetflixListen To Get This Series About A Muslim Hero Made
The show's Muslim star was tired of being typecast as a terrorist, so he's publicly pitching his own show to Netflix instead.
Two filmmakers, Ahmad Hussam & Nick Armero, have made it their mission to get Netflix to stream their original series Salahadin — a show that chronicles the life of the 12th century Muslim leader of the same name.
Salahadin's star, Ahmad Hussam, told BuzzFeed he originally created the project because he was tired of being typecast as a terrorist in every role he auditioned for.
They recently made a video "sneaking" into Netflix headquarters to pitch their show, which caught the attention of Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.
Salahadin has raised over $80,000 on KickStarter, but Hussam tells us his goal is to get an in-person interview with Netflix's Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos.
They've even got the support of a slew of Netflix stars.
"This benefits everyone," Hussam says. " Networks choose what we watch, but now we can choose what we want. If thousands of people are demanding this show, networks don't have to worry if it's going to perform well."
"Having Reed Hastings publicly acknowledge us on Facebook was great, but we haven't reached our goal yet."
UPDATE: Netflix tweeted that #NetflixListen will be discussed during an upcoming board meeting!
BuzzFeed has reached out to Netflix for comment.