Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg To Produce ‘Color Purple’ Reboot Helmed By ‘Black is King’ Director

Published: Monday 24th Aug 2020 by Rashad
After helping turn Beyoncé‘s Disney+-aired ‘Black is King’ into one of the biggest movie events of the year, filmmaker Blitz Bazawule is looking to reign over box offices with the forthcoming Warner Bros. movie-musical edition of the classic film, ‘The Color Purple.’
Big names from the 1985 original film adaptation – Oprah Winfrey (“Sofia”) and Steven Spielberg (its director) – have signed on to assist.
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Based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel of the same name, the coming-of-age drama was adapted into motion picture in 1985 with Whoopi Goldberg as its main character, “Celie.”  A breakthrough role for the comedienne-actress, the Spielberg film went on to gross over $140 million at the box office and has since become a Pop culture phenom.
After earning a second wind of acclaim and awards on Broadway with its stage musical adaptation (which to date has reportedly grossed over $350 million), Marcus Gardley has penned a screenplay to bring the musical version to the big screen.
“Ghana-born filmmaker Blitz Bazawule who most recently directed Beyoncé’s Disney+ visual album “Black Is King,” is set to direct Warner Bros. movie-musical “The Color Purple,” according to an individual with knowledge of the project.
Scott Sanders, who produced the Tony-winning Broadway version, will produce the big-screen musical with Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones. Steven Spielberg is back as well, as producer.”
As of time reported, there are no tentative release dates attached to the project.
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  1. Aaron August 24, 2020

    Some classics should not be rebooted…this is one of them.

    • BIGGESTAALIYAHFAN August 25, 2020

      Agreed, but I think it was the wrong choice of words. They should’ve said they’re bringing the Broadway Musical version to the big screen. When I saw “Reboot” I became upset saying exactly what you said.

  2. Dee August 24, 2020

    Why? The color purple does not need a reboot. New ideas. Cmon you don’t have any new ideas? We just gonna reboot the whole 89’s and 90’s?

  3. Fancy BISH August 24, 2020

    Now, what TF did I tell y’all earlier today? 😂 I said Beyonce is making ART 🖼 Auntie O got the director of Black Is King…even Uncle Quincy is on board…one day ya’ll asses gonna LISTEN lol 🤳🏽

  4. Aloma August 24, 2020

    If the Reboot they need to let Fantasia play that Role she bought in a lot of ticket sales on Broadway why not

  5. Taz August 24, 2020

    I get people don’t want reboots and remakes especially of classics but I think it’s to be expected for 1) Money, obviously. 2) in a way it helps keep these classics alive by bringing them back for a newer generation to become familiar with. Fingers crossed they don’t mess it up.

  6. Paulo August 24, 2020

    It’s not a reboot! Yall kill me with these lazy headlines.

    I’m super here for it but I hope Fantasia is Celie and Michelle Williams is Shug Avery.

  7. Eric August 24, 2020

    Please no. Some musicals serve better on the stage. Leave it alone.

  8. Lmfao_Hoe August 24, 2020

    Leave it TF ALONE. Ain’t nobody gonna top Whoopi’s performance PERIOD and we sure as hell ain’t ask for this. Damn where are the fresh new ideas worth making. Hollywood stay ruining classics

  9. Shannon August 24, 2020

    All for a Remake, not taking nothing from the original. The original was Amazing. But we do need Fantasia for Celie!!

  10. Anita August 24, 2020

    I hope Fantasia get the role of Celie it would be a hit.

  11. Ari August 24, 2020

    We dont want cynthia erivio nor Jennifer Hudson, give other girls a chance. Where the F u c k is Fantasia

  12. Ev August 24, 2020

    Will it be Cynthia or Fantasia as Celie?

  13. Wddx August 25, 2020

    Oprah really really needs to give this to Fantasia she was brilliant on Broadway

  14. Mariah August 25, 2020

    Another reboot that will flop hard, especially if they give Beyoncé a part lol!

  15. Sandra August 25, 2020

    Why reboot when the original is a classic that had stood the test of time.
    I find reboots lazy, there are so many other books that could be brought to life, and so many newer and original stories to be told, go seek them out.

  16. FMcL August 25, 2020

    Leave the classic alone!

  17. High Price August 25, 2020

    keep it!

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