Thursday, September 16, 2010
In 1975, playwright Ntozake Shange gained acclaim for her "chorepoem" entitled "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf." Now Tyler Perry is adapting her stage production to the big screen.
Tyler Perry keeps defying conventional wisdom by making films outside the conventional Hollywood system and without the support of mainstream media AND making a bunch of money doing it. Whether you like his films or not, you have to admire his ability to challenge the system and come out ahead. For his latest project, he is leaving his own original work behind to adapt Shange's Obie award-winning play to the screen.
Here's the latest trailer.
A stage production of "For Colored Girls" was recreated and recorded in 1982 for "American Playhouse." We'll have to see how Perry does in his first attempt at adapting someone else's work and a work with an all-female perspective.
"For Colored Girls" will open in theaters on November 5.