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Continuing ‘The Color Purple’ story is a full circle moment for me – Oprah Winfrey



Continuing ‘The Colour Purple’ story is a full circle moment for me - Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey who is a Co-Producer in the upcoming musical remake of The Color Purple has described it as a full circle moment.

Oprah who starred in the original directed by Steven Spielberg made the comment during an exclusive online Q&A session with selected media personalities ahead of the official release of The Color Purple trailer last week.

She told moderator, Kelley Carter : “I can’t tell you what a full circle moment this is. I remember saying to Steven Spielberg, while we were filming it in 1985.  I went to him and said, “you know, people are saying that I’m gonna be famous. So you might wanna put my name on the trailer and on the poster.” And he said, “your name can’t go on the poster because your lawyer already worked that out and you have a most favoured nation clause. I didn’t even know what that was. So it’s just such a joy now to see my name wasn’t on the poster, but it is on the trailer for the re-imagined bold new take on The Color Purple, almost 40 years later. There is a God okay?”

“So the reason this moment is so important is because for as long as there is a need for self-discovery, self-empowerment, as long as there’s a need for victory in someone’s life, as long as there is a need for people to know what it feels like to be loved up and to be made full and whole through somebody else’s love, there will be a need for The Color Purple. And so we have our iteration now coming out on December 25th and I believe that in the future, this story just grows and it never grows old.”


Warner Bros. Pictures invites you to experience the extraordinary sisterhood of three women who share one unbreakable bond in “The Color Purple.” This bold new take on the beloved classic is directed by Blitz Bazawule (“Black Is King,” “The Burial of Kojo”) and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones.

“The Color Purple” stars Taraji P. Henson (“What Men Want,” “Hidden Figures”), Danielle Brooks (“Peacemaker,” “Orange Is the New Black”), Colman Domingo (“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom,” “Fear the Walking Dead”), Corey Hawkins (“In the Heights,” “BlacKkKlansman”), H.E.R. (“Judas and the Black Messiah,” “Beauty and the Beast: A 30th Celebration”), Halle Bailey (“The Little Mermaid,” “Grown-ish”), Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor (“King Richard,” “If Beale Street Could Talk”), and Fantasia Barrino (in her major motion picture debut).

The screenplay is by Marcus Gardley (“Maid,” “The Chi”), based on the novel by Alice Walker and based on the musical stage play, book (of the musical stage play) by Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. The executive producers Alice Walker, Rebecca Walker, Kristie Macosko Krieger, Carla Gardini, Mara Jacobs, Adam Fell, Courtenay Valenti, Sheila Walcott and Michael Beugg.

Joining director Bazawule behind the camera are director of photography Dan Laustsen (“John Wick: Chapter 4,” “The Shape of Water”), production designer Paul Denham Austerberry (“The Flash,” “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse”) and editor Jon Poll (“Bombshell,” “The Greatest Showman”). The choreographer is Fatima Robinson (“Coming 2 America,” “Dreamgirls”) and the costumes are designed by Francine Jamison-Tanchuck (“Emancipation,” “One Night in Miami…”). The music supervisors are Jordan Carroll (“The Greatest Showman,” “Godfather of Harlem”) and Morgan Rhodes (“Space Jam: A New Legacy,” “Selma”); the music is by Kris Bowers (“King Richard,” “Green Book”); and the executive music producers are Nick Baxter (“Babylon,” “CODA”), Stephen Bray (“Respect,” “Juanita”) and Blitz Bazawule.


Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Harpo Films Production, an Amblin Entertainment Production, a Scott Sanders Production/a QJP Production, “The Color Purple.” It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures and is set to open in theaters in North America on December 25, 2023 and internationally beginning 18 January 2024.

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