Black Nativity (1962 TV Movie)
Black Nativity would mark the third collaboration between Jackson and Lemmons, following the well-received Eve’s Bayou and the (not-so) well-received Caveman’s Valentine. New reports also reveal that Oscar-winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) is likewise circling the project.
Hughes’ original Black Nativity musical premiered on Broadway in December 1961; performances have since become an annual tradition across the U.S. Here’s how Variety describes the show:
Story follows a young black teen from Baltimore who is sent by his ...
Click to continue reading Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett & Jennifer Hudson
According to Variety, the perpetually-working thespian will team with Angela Bassett — with whom he co-starred in the Broadway production The Mountain — and Jennifer Hudson on Black Nativity, an adaptation of the aforementioned author’s gospel-infused musical; Kasi Lemmons (Talk to Me, the Jackson-led Eve’s Bayou) has written and will direct the film.
Nativity centers on a young boy whose mother ships him off to Harlem for the Christmas season, spending the holiday with his grandparents, Rev. Clarence (Jackson) and Aretha Cobbs (Bassett). His lack of experience with them notwithstanding, the grandfather’s speech and “a stylized, dream-sequence retelling of the classic Nativity story” – Jackson is being
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The comedy of manners follows two families with different but increasingly intertwined lives, race and sexual politics. Alison Owen, Paul Trijbits and Carol Polakoff are producing.
Lemmons, whom many will remember playing Clarice Starling’s FBI classmate in "The Silence of the Lambs", is also developing a film version of Langston Hughes’s gospel song play "Black Nativity" at Fox Searchlight.
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