Donald Glover has had success working with Malia Obama as a writer on his acclaimed new series Swarm, and the pair are gearing up to work together once again.
Talking to GQ for his cover story released on Tuesday (April 4), Glover revealed that his media company Gilga will be releasing a short film from the former president’s daughter. He’s been mentoring Obama for some time now — and warned her of how important it is to make a good first impression with her work.
“The first thing we did was talk about the fact that she will only get to do this once,” he said. “You’re Obama’s daughter. So if you make a bad film, it will follow you around.”
His creative partner at Gilga, Fam Udeorji, also spoke to working with Malia. “Understanding somebody like Malia’s cachet means something,” Udeorji said. “But we really wanted to make sure she could make what she wanted — even if it was a slow process.”
The name of the company is inspired by Gilgamesh — the mythic Mesopotamian hero who angered the gods. And Glover has high expectations for everything that filters through his lens.
“Gilga is like [high-end supermarket] Erewhon for culture,” he said. “I want to work with the best people in every medium. To work toward sustainable output. The culture we’re getting from our phones is not high quality. It can be really good sometimes. And fun. But not necessarily high quality. Gilga is the filter for all of that.”
Outside of the film and TV world, Donald Glover recenetly promised that new Childish Gambino music is finally on its way. He revealed the news while talking to E! on the red carpet of the 2023 Golden Globes in January — where he was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series for Atlanta‘s fourth and final season.
“I’m making music right now,” he said. “I love it. I’m actually working. I’m in the studio. I’ve been, like, bringing people in — like secret people. Like, working on little things. But I’ve just been, like, making it for fun for right now. But soon, something will happen I promise. Something will happen.”