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The age-old story on a stalled film adaptation of August Wilson's award-winning play Fences is that, the playwright insisted to the studio (Paramount Pictures at the time - this was in the late 1980s) that the director of the film be black. Of course, Paramount didn't feel that was necessary, stating that they wanted "the best director for the job." Even Eddie Murphy, who was then attached to star in and co-produce the film adaptation, told Wilson that he wasn't going to hire a director just because they were black.  Wilson reiterated that he wasn't suggesting that a black be director hired simply because they are black, but certainly a black »

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