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The Color Purple Featurette Explains the History of the Beloved Classic

Warner Bros. Pictures invites you to experience the extraordinary sisterhood of three women who share one unbreakable bond in The Color Purple. This bold new take on the beloved classic is directed by Blitz Bazawule (“Black Is King,” “The Burial of Kojo”) and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders and Quincy Jones.

The new film, which is set to release on Christmas, is a new take on the 1985 classic film and based on the Broadway musical, which was based on the iconic Alice Walker novel of the same name. As seen in the video above, the cast along with the film’s producer, Oprah Winfrey, takes viewers into the journey of turning a beloved classic into a movie musical full of heartbreak, love, happiness and self-discovery. 

Winfrey, who starred in the 1985 Steven Spielberg classic, talks about the importance the movie had in her life and career while incorporating clips from the previously released trailer. New scenes are woven in that’s filled with vibrant dancing, characters we know and love, plus a scene between Celie and Nettie.

The featurette further explains how the new version, directed by Blitz Bazawule, will honor and incorporate both the book, the Broadway musical and the movie into its story while creating a whole new experience for audiences.

The new film features an all-star cast including Taraji P. HensonOrange is the New Black star Danielle Brooks, Tony nominee and Emmy Award winner Colman Domingo, Tony Award nominee Corey Hawkins, Oscar- and Grammy-winning artist H.E.R., The Little Mermaid star Halle Bailey, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, and Fantasia Barrino in her film debut.

The film features a screenplay by Marcus Gardley. The film is based on the Alice Walker novel, the musical stage play, the book, and the musical stage play, which was written by Marsha Norman. Music and lyrics were written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. The film was produced by Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones.

The Color Purple is set to premiere in North America on December 25th.