“This ain’t your mama’s Color Purple,” says Oprah Winfrey. Those are the exact words she uses to describe the upcoming film based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical, which was based on the 1985 Steven Spielberg movie that gave the media icon her first big acting break. It all originates from Alice Walker’s classic 1982 novel about Black women from the rural South during the early part of the last century, trying to survive and thrive under unspeakable, ever-present.
Winfrey is producing the new film with Scott Sanders, who produced the original Broadway musical in 2005 and has shepherded the show around the world ever since, including winning the Best Revival Tony in 2015. Joining them as producers on the new movie are Spielberg and Quincy Jones, who was the composer and a producer on the Oscar-nominated ’85 film. Read The Story