The Opening of THE COLOR PURPLE - AmNews Curtain Raiser


Thursday, December 7, 2023


Golden Globe nominee, Danielle Brooks

The Color Purple movie opens on 

Christmas Day. 

The Color Purple,” a musical adaptation of the classic novel and stage production, earned acting nominations for Fantasia Barrino and Danielle Brooks but was shut out everywhere else, including Best Motion Picture-Musical or Comedy and a Supporting Actress nod for Taraji P. Henson.

Golden Globe nominee, Fantasia Barrino

Teaming up with Steven Spielberg, Quincy Jones, and Scott Sanders, Oprah is spearheading the transformation of The Color Purple musical—originally a Broadway sensation from 2005—into a cinematic masterpiece.  

This is a labor of love, and a return for Oprah who made her acting debut in Spielberg’s 1985 adaptation of Alice Walker’s novel, earning herself an Academy Award nomination. 

A woman of power who is always standing in gratitude, Oprah has said publically that she recalls feeling a great sense of joy during the filming of The Color Purple: "Being part of that movie changed everything for me. I found immense happiness doing what I loved, surrounded by equally passionate individuals," she reminisces.

Walker’s seminal novel (first published in 1983) became one of Oprah's favorite books where she hailed it as one of the "national anthems for women's empowerment." 

Colman Domingo (Mister), Oprah, director Blitz Bazawule

The cast and crew are exceptional and the film is under the direction of Blitz Bazawule (renowned for Beyoncé’s Black Is King). Marcus Gardley (The Chi) penned the script, which Oprah reveals is infused with a touch of magical realism, allowing viewers a glimpse into Celie's imaginative world.

With deep involvement in the 2023 rendition of The Color Purple, Oprah meticulously selected each role. Stay tuned for her insights on the cast and more details about this new adaptation.

 The Color Purple stars Halle Bailey as young Nettie, Colman Domingo as Mister, and Taraji P. Henson as Shug Avery, alongside other remarkable performances by Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Fantasia, and Danielle Brooks. Witness the captivating costumes, stunning settings, and soulful melodies in the trailer below.

From the Purple Carpet ... 

Oprah and Steven Spielberg

Tyler Perry and Oprah

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