April 7, 2021 at 4:09 pm #1204184884
Recently, we’ve gotten two films produced by Denzel Washington based on August Wilson’s plays – Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – and both were major successes at the Oscars. Apparently Denzel intends to adapt all of the films in Wilson’s Pittsburgh Cycle, and I think we shall see those films attract similar success.
According to reports, next up is The Piano Lesson, by far the most critically acclaimed and well-known (prior to the movies) of Wilson’s plays. I’m not sure if it’s been confirmed, but they’re saying that Barry Jenkins is directing, with John David Washington and Samuel L. Jackson in prominent roles (there’s also a child performance at the heart of the story).
Feel free to discuss this film and future ones below:April 7, 2021 at 4:14 pm #1204184893
Samuel L Jackson is coming for a SAG win.April 7, 2021 at 4:40 pm #1204184947
Samuel L Jackson is coming for a SAG win.
And we love to see it. That man can act his ass off and has been under-rewarded his whole career
Him and his iconic line delivery are gonna EAT
Best Actress - Viola Davis, Frances McDormand
Best Actor - Delroy Lindo, Chadwick Boseman
Best Supporting Actor - Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman
Best Picture - Nomadland
Best Director - Chloé Zhao
SAG Ensemble - Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Best Cinematography - NomadlandApril 7, 2021 at 4:47 pm #1204184959
Can’t wait for JITNEY, the first August Wilson play I ever saw in performance (so bloody good). Very ensemble-based and I tend to like those adaptations more.April 7, 2021 at 4:48 pm #1204184961
Barry Jenkins is reportedly out as director of “The Piano Lesson” so he can focus on “The Lion King” prequel. :-/April 7, 2021 at 4:51 pm #1204184974
Admittedly never heard of that play but reading the synopsis makes it sound meh. Though I can see Samuel L Jackson killing it since he’s previously played the roleApril 7, 2021 at 6:41 pm #1204185067
The play’s amazing, and so was the television movie starring Charles S. Dutton and Alfre Woodard. This is the one to watch out for, as it’s the most accessible of Wilson’s plays.April 7, 2021 at 6:51 pm #1204185089
Can we get Ava duverney for one of em maybe?April 7, 2021 at 7:06 pm #1204185125
I’ll be curious to see what kinds of directors they employ moving forward. Despite both Fences and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom being genuinely well liked, they still received complaints from people for feeling more like “filmed stage plays” as opposed to actual movies.April 7, 2021 at 7:11 pm #1204185136
Sam Jackson will win SAG & Oscar. Is a Lion King prequel necessary?April 7, 2021 at 10:05 pm #1204185341
While Barry Jenkins leaving does reduce the credibility, I don’t think it will be to the film’s detriment. Neither of the other two films were known for their directing, and being based on plays, they don’t need to be. Jenkins is an incredibly visual director, and he may see the Lion King prequel as a way of honing his craft (and honestly who’s to stop him; he might just singlehandedly save that movie).
As for Sam Jackson, I’d love to see him win the Oscar, and this is coming from a guy who actually think he robbed Bruce Willis of a nomination (not that I would take Pulp Fiction away from him, I don’t want to leave him nomination-less).April 7, 2021 at 10:46 pm #1204185349
Or Jenkins is receiving an obsence amount of Disney $$$ to direct the prequel. I can see why that’s difficult to pass up, I guess.
Whenever they get around to it, I’m hoping that Phylicia Rashad can reprise her Tony-nominated role in “Gem of the Ocean” and attempt an Oscar bid.
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