According to Deadline, the coming-of-age musical period drama film ‘The Color Purple’, directed by Blitz Bazawule, will premiere on Max on February 16.
Marcus Gardley’s screenplay is based on the same-titled Broadway musical, which is itself based on Alice Walker’s 1982 novel of the same name.
The musical adaption, directed by Blitz Bazawule, stars Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Gabriella Sarmiento Wilson, Halle Bailey, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, and Danielle Brooks.
The film, based on the novel and Broadway musical, delivers a timeless narrative about love and resilience. Celie (Barrino), who is separated from her sister Nettie (Bailey) and her children, has several problems in her life, including an abusive partner known only as Mister (Domingo).
Celie, with the help of seductive singer Shug Avery (Henson) and strong-willed stepdaughter Sofia (Brooks), discovers unexpected power in the unbreakable bonds of a new kind of sisterhood.
Bazawule directs from a screenplay by Marcus Gardley, which is based on Alice Walker’s novel and the musical stage play, book by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray, who also serves as executive music producer alongside Nick Baxter and Bazawule.
According to Deadline, the critically acclaimed film has received an Academy Award nomination (Danielle Brooks for Supporting Actress), two SAG Award nominations, five Critics Choice Award nominations, two BAFTA nominations, two Golden Globe nominations, 17 NAACP Image Awards nominations, and more, in addition to winning four African-American Film Critics Association Awards and nine Black Reel Awards.