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.
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.