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Steven Spielberg Will Produce a Musical Adaptation For ‘The Color Purple’

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Looks like The Color Purple is headed back to the big screen…this time as a musical. And famed director Steven Spielberg will be working closely on the project.

Remaking A Classic

Spielberg is set to produce a movie adaption of The Color Purple stage musical alongside Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones. Of course, Spielberg served as director of the original 1985 film based on Alice Walker’s novel of the same name. Scott Sanders, who produced the original Broadway show, will also be a part of this new movie.

The film doesn’t have a set director, writers or actors yet, but will fall under Warner Bros. Studios. Though the film is in very early stages of development, those on board are happy to be remaking this story for the big screen. “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 in an interview. “This is an incredibly powerful drama that needs to be shared.”

A Hit On Stage

Not only was the book and original film captivating, but it was a smash on Broadway. The original Broadway production of The Color Purple ran from 2005 to 2008 and earned a whopping 11 Tony Award nominations in 2006. A Broadway revival, starring Cynthia Erivo, opened in late 2015 and ran through early 2017, winning two Tony Awards in 2016.

Since the original production, the play has been performed throughout the country and across the globe. There have also been stage adaptations in England, the Netherlands, and even South Africa. The music is surely mesmerizing, but it’s the classic tale of the novel that continues to draw viewers and readers alike. 

An Iconic Story

The Color Purple followed an African-American woman named Celie, growing up in the South during the early 1900s. After going through abuse from many through the course of her life, including her stepfather and husband, she finally is able to find her voice. The original film starred Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, along with Oprah.

It’s already rumored that Erivo may star as Celie, reprising the role from the 2016 revival. Though there aren’t too many details now, one thing is for sure. Bringing the story back to the big screen with the Broadway songs is sure to be a big hit with longtime fans.

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