The Color Purple Movie Musical In Development

Steven Spielberg’s classic is getting the song and dance treatment on the big screen.

Steven Spielberg’s 1985 drama The Color Purple is a slightly underrated chapter of his career. It picked up several Oscars at the time (including Best Picture and acting nods for Opera Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg), but it still doesn’t often make many lists of the director’s greatest hits. Adapted from Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1982 novel, the story had a big life outside the film on Broadway, winning 11 Tony nominations in 2006 – and had a hugely successful revival in 2015.

Now it’s set to head back to the big screen – with the musical adaptation getting re-adapted by producers Spielberg, Winfrey, Quincy Jones and Broadway veteran Scott Sanders.

According to Collider, the project is still in its early stages and no names have been attached to star, but the first rumors all point to Cynthia Erivo taking the lead, since she starred in the Broadway revival before going on to take her first film roles in Bad Times At The El Royale and Widows, clearly headed for even bigger things.

The Color Purple follows the journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the deep South, as she suffers family abuse during the early part of the twentieth century. Winfrey and Goldberg starred alongside Danny Glover and Margaret Avery – with all three actresses picking up Oscar nominations. Jones also picked up a pair of nominations for the film’s original score and the original song “Miss Celie’s Blues (Sister),” which didn’t make the cut for the stage musical.

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With so much still to work out (and with Spielberg’s dance card fairly busy for the next few years) this one might take a while, but we’ll bring you more as we get it.