It’s been a book, a movie, a Broadway musical, and now that musical will be a movie. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that The Color Purple is heading back to the big screen with Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Steven Spielberg and Scott Sanders (who produced the Broadway version), producing the big-screen musical.
The triumph-over-adversity story follows the decades-spanning tale of a black woman named Celie, who grows up in intense poverty in the American South and endures harsh treatment from her stepfather, husband and others in her life, which tests her faith in God and humankind.
And while the original movie glossed over the lesbian relationship between Celie and Shug Avery, the musical embraced it.
The Color Purple is considered the first Broadway musical with a lesbian protagonist and the first to depict a same-sex romance between two women of color.
Here’s hoping the new movie will include the queer-friendly storyline as well. (Photo: Avalon Red)