Alan Yang was tapped to direct Jay-Z’s Friends-inspired music video for “Moonlight.”
The visuals starred several breakout actors contemporary “Black Hollywood.”
Jerrod Carmichael (The Carmichael Show), Issa Rae (Insecure), Lakeith Stanfield (Atlanta), Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Tessa Thompson (Creed), and Lil Rel Howery (Get Out) took on the characters in the remake the popular NBC series.
Yang spoke with Pigeons & Planes about his participation in the Friends remake that has led to articles saying Jay created “a sort meta-commentary on black representation in media and artistic ownership.”
The co-creator Master None stated:
According to Yang, the original treatment for the “Moonlight” video was to film an entire 21-minute Friends episode shot-for-shot.
They also considered ending the clip with characters turning into skeletons.
Apparently, it was Jay-Z that chose Whodini’s “Friends” as the theme song for the “show”.
Yang told Vulture:
The 33-year-old screenwriter/producer also discussed the video’s talented acting ensemble being made up people color.