'Black Is King' Co-Director Blitz Bazawule to Helm 'The Color Purple' Musical Film

Bianca Betancourt
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Photo credit: J. Countess - Getty Images
Photo credit: J. Countess - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

  • Blitz Bazawule, who recently helped direct Beyoncé's visual album, Black Is King, is set to direct an upcoming musical film rendition of The Color Purple.

  • One of the film's head producers, Oprah Winfrey, expressed her elation over the selection of Bazawule on Twitter yesterday.

Blitz Bazawule, the Ghanaian director who co-directed Beyoncé's acclaimed Black Is King visual album, is set to reimagine a beloved and culturally iconic film, The Color Purple.

According to Deadline, Bazawule will be at the helm for the feature film musical adaption of the classic 1982 Alice Walker novel and Tony Award–winning play. The producers behind the upcoming adaption of the film and story include Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones.

Both Bazawule and Winfrey took to Twitter to share their elation for the film's new, modern rendition.

"Honored to reimagine Alice Walker's classic novel 'The Color Purple' for a new generation. Beyond grateful to have the legends Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones and Scott Sanders as my Producers alongside Warner Bros Studios. Get ready for something AMAZING!!" wrote Bazawule on Twitter.

Winfrey shared her approval of Bazawule's appointment as director, expressing her faith in the creative direction he'll take.

"From #BlackIsKing to now #TheColorPurple, @blitzambassador has the perfect director's brush for the next evolution of this beloved story. He blew us away with his unique vision for the upcoming musical film version and we can't wait for you to see it," wrote Winfrey.

The new rendition of The Color Purple will be based on the novel's Broadway reimagining. The film's main storyline, however, will remain dedicated to the book's original plot, which follows the lives of Black American families and relationships in early 20th-century Georgia.

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