Friday, January 20, 2012

Are Black Movies On The Verge Of Extinction?

The premiere of 'Red Tails' is this weekend and has been painted by director George Lucas to be a type of make or break situation for black action films as far as Hollywood goes. He shed a little light on the difficulty of obtaining funding for a black film with an all black cast in Hollywood despite his other mega hits. According to Lucas,
"It's because it's an all-black movie. There's no major white roles in it at all. ... I showed it to all of them, and they said, 'No, we don't know how to market a movie like this,'"

Tyler Perry also made comments that got people talking when he stated that films with black casts are "on the verge of becoming extinct." Pretty strong language from Tyler, but when you consider that it was a Hollywood exec that turned down his movie because he said "black people don't talk like that" as he was reading the script. Nothing like someone outside of your race trying to tell you how things in your race are done.

Do you think there is some merit to what Lucas and Perry are saying about black movies? Leave a comment below or hit me up on twitter: @bigjyesupreme

See Red Tails in theaters January 20th 2012.