Blitz Bazawule, the co-director of Beyonce’s visual album+ Disney movie Black is King. He is a Ghana-originated filmmaker. It has been confirmed that he will be directing the Warner Bros. musical film “The Color Purple” inspired by the Tony-winning Broadway musical.
The play is based on the re-imagination of Alice Walker’s 1982 novel Color Purple. The tale shows the lives and relationships of African American families during the early twentieth century in Georgia. The musical contains African rhythms, jazz, blues, and gospel.
The first musical was created in 2005, which had 11 Tony nominations. There was a remake in 2015 and it had an extra four more nominations, but it also won the Best Revival of a Musical award. This musical has also won Emmy and Grammy awards.
The feature producers; Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, and Scott Sanders were mesmerized by his movie The Burial Of Kojo. A film on Netflix that he made, which won Best Narrative Feature(World Cinema) at the Urbanworld Film Festival where it premiered. The film also won the Grand prize at the Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt, 2019.
Oprah Winfrey expressed her deep thoughts to Deadline about what she felt about the film.
We were all blown away by Blitz’s unique vision as a director and look forward to seeing how he brings the next evolution of this beloved story to life.
Bazawule is not just a filmmaker. He is a musician and a composer. He has four studio albums along with his eye for musicals. The producers are all looking forward to what he will bring with the Color Purple. He is also a senior TED fellow and a beneficiary of the Vilcek Prize.