Zendaya produced and financed the film as well, with Levinson and his wife Ashley Levinson, Kevin Turen, and Washington throwing some cash at the project too per Deadline. (Kid Cudi also serves as an investor and executive producer on the project. ) Considering the lengths the cast and crew went to protect themselves and remain safe during a COVID-19 pandemic, Malcolm & Marie wasn’t cheap.
Zendaya called Levinson and asked if it would be possible to write and direct a film during quarantine, and six days later he had finished Malcolm & Marie, the film in which Zendaya would take the lead alongside BlackKklansman and Tenet star John David Washington.
And it makes sense that the film might take place in the 1960s, especially considering the architectural style of the home it was shot in, and the costumes visible on the characters in the still of the film that Zendaya tweeted once the news about Malcolm & Marie broke.