Hollywood seems to be in a creative funk lately. From the rumored remakes of “The Bodyguard” and “A Star is Born,” to the constant churning out of sequels (uh, just how many “Saw” films will they make?), the film industry seems like its stuck in a creative rut.
Last year, Boston Globe writer Wesley Morris wondered why more books by Black authors haven’t made it to the big screen. In his article, “Can’t Hollywood Swing for the ‘Fences’?” Morris asks, “Where is the book of Ellison? Where, for that matter, are any of the promising films to be made from hundreds of years of black writing?”
To be fair a few books from Black authors have made it to be big screen. “Precious,” “Beloved,” and “Cotton Comes to Harlem,” are just a few that come to mind, but what about the thousands of works by Black authors that seem so perfect for the screen (“Feminista” for example), yet don’t ever seem to make it there?
Like everything else, Hollywood centers on making money. Love him or hate him Tyler Perry is able to make films because people support him at the box office. If we let the film industry know we want to see something other than Madea or yet another remake, they can’t help but come around.
So Clutchettes and Gents, what books by Black authors would you like to see adapted for the big screen?