Oprah To Produce ‘The Color Purple’ Movie Musical With Quincy Jones, Steven Spielberg
The Color Purple is getting a reboot.
Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones are joining forces with Warner Bros. to develop a movie musical adaptation of the hit film. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Winfrey, Spielberg and Jones signed on to produce the film along with award-winning Broadway producer, Scott Sanders.
The project is still in the infancy stages of production and has yet to attach a director, script writer and potential cast members.
Jones, Winfrey and Sanders previously collaborated on the Broadway musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, and the 1985 Spielberg-directed film. Jones also produced the musical score.
The original big-screen installment, which starred Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Margaret Avery, Akosua Busia, Rae Dong Chong, and Winfrey in her first film role, grossed $142 million at the box office. The film earned 11 Oscar nominations -- including Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actress, and Best Original Score -- but failed to win a single award.
The Color Purple musical ran on Broadway from 2005 to 2008, followed by a revival in 2015 that ended last year. The musical won two Tony Awards (despite eleven nominations) and grossed more than $350 million.