Friday, 4 September 2009

FILM NEWS: 'Coloured Girls' heads to the big screen

TRUE COLOURS: "Coloured Girls" to get film treatment

Hollywood maverick Tyler Perry knows a great product when he sees one. That's why he is gearing up to help bring Ntozake Shange's Tony-winning Broadway classic For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf to the silver screen.

According to VariAlign Leftety, Perry will write, produce and direct the film version of the the play, with shooting set to begin in November in Atlanta. There are plans to release Perry's adaptation in 2010 via Lionsgate, which landed the worldAlign Leftwide distribution deal. No word yet on casting choices, but Madea may have to sit this one out.

Meanwhile, other Perry films on the way include I Can Do Bad All By Myself, which arrives in cinemas on September 11, and the sequel to 2007's Why Did I Get Married?, starring Janet Jackson and Jill Scott, to be released in the spring of 2010.

A groundbreaking work that continues to resonate with the international Black community, "Coloured Girls" first appeared on Broadway in 1975. Famous names who have performed in "Coloured Girls" over the years include Alfre Woodard, Lynn Whitfield and India.Arie. A spirited production of the play was staged by final year students at the Edna Manley College School of Drama in Kingston in March.

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