Oprah Winfrey and Steven Spielberg make film musical from The Color Purple

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Steven Spielberg and Oprah Winfrey are working together on a new feature film version of  The Color Purple. This time it must be a musical.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Warner Bros. a music film is in the pipeline, with Winfrey and Spielberg among the producers. A director or cast for the production has not yet been announced.

Steven Spielberg directed in 1985 a version of  The Color Purple, to the eponymous book by Alice Walker. That drama, about the harsh living conditions of a black woman (Whoopi Goldberg) in the early 1900s, was nominated for eleven Oscars. Oprah Winfrey had a supporting role and also received a nomination.


Twenty years later Walker’s book became the inspiration for a musical on Broadway, which in 2006 was good for eleven Tony nominations. The piece later received a reprise and is currently also shown in the Netherlands. Mean while the musical has raised more than 350 million dollars (307 million euros).

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