The Hollywood Reporter posts that Oprah Winfrey's Harpo Films and Lionsgate are joining forces to develop Friedman's article into a feature film with Chris Rock starring. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that he's one of the people met on the journey, because Rock is definitely not a "white, married Manhattan journalist" on a "quixotic quest" for friendship diversity.
Currently, no writer or director is attached, but that'll surely come in due time. I mean, can the world refuse Oprah? It doesn't seem likely. Now ... how long will it be before marketers decide to start up a "gain a black friend/gain a white friend" website? And would it work?