Blitz Bazawule will direct the upcoming Warner Bros. musical film ‘The Color Purple.’
The production is based on the Tony-winning Broadway musical – a reimagining of Alice Walker’s 1982 novel. It tells the story of the lives of African American families and relationships in early twentieth-century Georgia.
Bazawule is said to have won the approval of producers Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones based on the vibrant visual style of his movie The Burial of Kojo, and a Zoom call pitch.
His experience as a composer, and author of four studio albums: Stereotype (2009), Native Sun (2011), Afropolitan Dreams (2014) and Diasporadical (2016), also impressed the producers.
“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,” explained Winfrey to American publication, Deadline.
Bazawule recently co-directed Beyonce’s visual album ‘Black Is King.’
His movie ‘The Burial of Kojo’ won the Grand Prize at the 2019 Luxor African Film Festival in Egypt, and Best Narrative Feature (World Cinema) at the Urbanworld Film Festival.
He won ‘Best Director – First Feature Film’ at the 2019 African Movie Academy Awards. He is also a 2000 Ghana Music Awards ‘New Artiste of the Year’ nominee.
A Senior TED Fellow and recipient of the Vilcek Prize, Bazawule is the founder of Africa Film Society, an organization dedicated to the preservation and distribution of classic African cinema.