‘The Color Purple’ Is Back!

The Color Purple is back! The Alice Walker novel turned award-winning drama, then Broadway musical and now movie musical is currently in the works. Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Scott Sanders and Steven Spielberg have teamed up to produce the big-screen musical.

Hollywood Reporter broke the story:

Both the movie and stage productions adapted the 1982 novel by Walker. The triumph-over-adversity story follows the decades-spanning tale of a black woman named Celie, who grows up in intense poverty in the American South and endures harsh treatment from her stepfather, husband and others in her life, which tests her faith in God and humankind.

Walker won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, becoming the first black woman to do so. Whoopi Goldberg starred as Celie in Spielberg’s movie, which earned 11 Oscar nominations but took home none. Winfrey, making her feature acting debut, also earned a nom.

“We’re really excited to create a film that translates the heart and emotion we found in telling this generational story on stage,” Sanders said. “This is an incredibly powerful drama that needs to be shared.”

The big-screen musical is in the very early stages and no casting decisions have been made.


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