I discovered Black Is King to be a gobsmacking visible sensation. The Beyoncé Disney+ visible album reimagining of The Lion King (far superior to the precise live-action Lion King remake) was full of ingenious visuals, lensed and constructed with immaculate opulence and intention. That’s why I’m fairly excited to listen to that the upcoming musical movie model of Broadway’s The Colour Purple for Warner Bros. will probably be directed by Black Is King co-director Blitz Bazawule (as reported by Deadline).
The Colour Purple‘s group of star-studded producers — Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones — chose Bazawule not just on the strength of his work on Black Is King, but on his solo-directed Netflix Ghanian drama The Burial of Kojo. Winfrey said that “we were all blown away by Blitz’s distinctive imaginative and prescient as a director and stay up for seeing how he brings the subsequent evolution of this beloved story to life.” Bazaqule can be an completed musician himself, working as an experimental hip-hop artist underneath the identify Blitz the Ambassador on albums like Afropolitan Goals and Diasporadical, along with composing the rating for Kojo. Based mostly on his multidisciplinary historical past and wondrous visible work, he appears like an excellent director to sort out The Colour Purple.
The primary movie of The Colour Purple, directed by Spielberg and starring Winfrey, was a straight drama based mostly on Alice Walker‘s 1982 novel. It was then adapted into a 2005 Broadway musical, which this new film will be based on, with a screenplay from Marcus Gardley (The Chi). It will be thrilling to see what visual and staging places Bazawule takes the material — will he mimic how it was staged in the theater? go surreal? keep it realistic? — and I’m now much more excited in regards to the venture.
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