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Barry Jenkins Lends His Directorial Prowess To "The Underground Railroad" Amazon Series

This will most likely be another masterpiece.  

Moonlight’s stellar director, Barry Jenkins, will write and direct a new one-hour drama series on Amazon based on Colson Whitehead’s bestselling book, The Underground Railroad, Variety reports.

The passage chronicles the story of a young girl named Cora, who's on a mission to escape the Georgia plantation she inhabits inside the slave driven South. To her surprise, she finds that the railroad has a more literal than metaphorical feel to it. The book garnered a spot on Oprah’s 2016 book selection, and sold a reported 825,000 nationwide in the U.S. in all different types of formats.

“It’s a groundbreaking work that pays respect to our nation’s history while using the form to explore it in a thoughtful and original way,” Jenkins said. “Preserving the sweep and grandeur of a story like this requires bold, innovative thinking and in Amazon we’ve found a partner whose reverence for storytelling and freeness of form is wholly in line with our vision.”

Though this is Jenkins' first attempt at directing a TV series, we’re sure judging off the success Moonlight had since winning 2016’s Best Picture at the Oscars—he won’t disappoint.

 

 

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Eddie Murphy Signs On For 'Beverly Hills Cop' Sequel

Eddie Murphy's return to Hollywood dominance continues with this latest news. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix obtained the rights and green light to create a sequel to the classic Beverly Hills Cop film, set to star Murphy.

The comedian/actor has been at the forefront of this franchise since its debut in 1984. Murphy plays a Detroit officer named Axel Foley who finds himself on a mission in Beverly Hills to solve his best friend's murder. The cult classic inspired two follow-up films and even a television series starring Brandon T. Jackson, although it never found a network home.

In a 2015 interview with Playboy, Murphy discussed rumors of a fourth installment, noting the writers have "got to get that script right. That movie has to be right." He also revealed that when he travels overseas, people recognize him as his character in the film. "All the movies I've done, and they call me that," he said. "If we do that movie, it has to be right. Not just thrown together to get a big check. I don't need any more of those."

After the previous release of his Netflix film Dolemite Is My Name, Murphy continued his press circuit run and discussed his return to Saturday Night Live after 35 years. The Brooklyn native was a staple on the show during its inception.

"SNL is such a big part of who I am, and you don't want to go back after 35 years and the show is like, 'Ah, it was alright,'" he said during a The Late Show With Stephen Colbert interview.

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Spike Lee To Co-Write And Direct Hip-Hop Adaptation Of 'Prince Of Cats'

Spike Lee is set to direct a hip-hop adaptation of Ron Wimberly's Prince and Cats, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Set in Brooklyn's '80s hip-hop scene, the remake of the 2016 comic book will be an urban interpretation of the Shakespeare classic, Romeo & Juliet. The world-renowned tragic love story will be seen through the eyes of Tybalt, Juliet's furious and combative cousin. As for the film, it will feature hip-hop culture essentials like emcees, breakdancing, DJing, graffiti and stylish threads from that era.

The comic book adaptation will also focus on Tybalt and his Capulet brothers "who navigate Da People’s Republic of Brooklyn, where underground sword dueling — including katanas — with the rival Montagues blossoms into a vibrant world."

The Oscar award-winning filmmaker will also co-write the script with the Wimberly and screenwriter/former editor-in-chief of The Source, Selwyn Seyfu Hinds, who initially began writing the script. Production will be done by Zucker Productions with Legendary Entertainment overseeing the company.

Since the initial announcement of the adaptation, LaKeith Stanfield has stepped down from the lead role of Tybalt. No word on who has been cast to replace him.

Lee is currently in postproduction for his Netflix war drama Da 5 Bloods starring actors Chadwick Boseman, Norm Lewis, and Clarke Peters.

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Vivica A. Fox Wants 'Set It Off' To Remain Untouched

Twenty-three years after its debut, a remake of Set It Off might be in the works under the production hat of Issa Rae. In September, various film and television websites revealed the news that the executive will take on this responsibility. The announcement was met with mixed reactions, even gaining a response from its co-star Vivica A. Fox.

While speaking with Entertainment Tonight, Fox said she wants the F. Gary Gray-directed movie to remain as it is and not reimagined. "It's a classic, leave it alone," she said. "There's absolutely no reason to try to redo it. It's been done, and we did it so well, that people are absolutely going to compare it to that and I think that's her taking on a tremendous chore because that film has become a cult classic and some things are just better left."

Set If Off followed the lives of four women (Queen Latifah, Kimberly Elise, Jada Pinkett Smith, and Fox) that executed a series of bank robberies before an ultimate demise. The crime film, set in Los Angeles, was made on a $9 million budget but accrued $41 million at the box office, Variety reports.

"We are in 2019, going into 2020," Fox added. "So, create your own thing because people are absolutely going to compare it to it, and she'll probably, if it's not good, they're going to slay her for it."

Fox isn't the only actor questioning the remake of one of their most prominent films. Michael Jai White scratched his head over plans to revamp Spawn via Todd McFarlane.

"I don't know anything about it. He's been talking about a reboot of Spawn for 20 years," White said. "I think he will continue talking about it because people listen. I don't understand it, personally. I wish him the best of luck. But, Todd explained to me that this will be a character that you didn't see. You never see the character. It's just a character that's scarcely on film. Personally, I don't get it.”

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