The Color Purple is set to return to the screen in a musical adaptation brought to life by Black Is King director Blitz Bazawule.
The movie was first released in 1985, directed by Steven Spielberg, and boasted a stellar cast including the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg and Danny Glover.
It’s based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Alice Walker that follows a group of African-American women, mainly teenager Celie and Nettie Harris, and their lives in the American South in the 1930s.
The original movie was nominated a huge 11 times at the Oscars, with Oprah getting a nod in the best supporting actress category.
The Color Purple was then turned into a Broadway musical, first hitting the stage in 2005, and going on to land 11 Tony Award nominations in 2006.
Now, Bazawule is on board to direct the new movie that will be based on the Broadway version of story, while Oprah is returning as one of its producers, alongside filmmaker Spielberg.
Speaking to Deadline, Oprah said of the upcoming movie: ‘We were all blown away by Blitz’s unique vision as a director and look forward to seeing how he brings the next evolution of this beloved story to life.’
Bazawule was the brains behind Beyonce’s film Black Is King that aired on Disney Plus last month.
The visual album was filmed over the course of a year, with Bazawule in the directing chair. It’s based on songs from Beyonce’s album The Lion King: The Gift.
Speaking about the film on Good Morning America, Beyonce says she hopes it help to ‘shift global perception’ when it comes to what it means to be Black.
She said: ‘My hope for this movie is that it shifts the global perception about the word “black”. It’s always meant inspiration, love, strength, and beauty to me.
‘Black Is King means Black is regal and rich, and history and purpose, and lineage. I hope y’all love it and enjoy it.’
‘I worked with a diverse group of very gifted directors, actors and creatives from all over the world to reimagine the story of The Lion King,’ Beyonce explained.
‘The narrative unfolds through music videos, fashion, dance, beautiful natural settings and raw new talent.’
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