The Clark Sisters:  The First Ladies of Gospel

Status:  Script
Release Date:  TBA – Lifetime
Genre:  Biography
Studio(s):  Revele Entertainment, Flavor Unit
Producer(s):  Loretha Jones; Holly Carter, Shakim Compere
Director:  Christine Swanson
Cast:  Aunjanue Ellis (Mattie Moss Clark) Christina Bell (Twinkie), Kierra Sheard (Karen), Sheléa Frazier (Dorinda), Raven Goodwin (Denise), Angela Birchett (Jacky).

Details:  Queen Latifah is working with Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott for feature movie The Clark Sisters: The First Ladies of Gospel. The movie will detail their humble beginnings, struggles to find their place, to later becoming the best-selling Gospel group in the music world. It will tell the story of the five Clark sisters and their mother Mattie Moss Clark. The movie will feature re-recordings of some of The Clark Sisters biggest hits.  Source:  Deadline; Photo Source:  Shadow & Act.

Salt-N-Pepa

Status:  Script
Release Date: TBA – Lifetime
Genre:  Biography
Studio(s):  Flavor Unit
Director:  TBA
Cast:  TBA

Details:  Salt-N-Pepa will tell the story of nursing students Cheryl “Salt” James and Sandra “Pepa” Denton, who fell into the world of rap and hip hop, after recording for a friend’s school project. One of the first all-female rap groups, the series will look at the pair who were unafraid to talk about sex and share their thoughts on men. The series will feature their greatest hits including “Let’s Talk About Sex”, “What a Man”, “Shoop” and “Push It”. It will be exec produced by Cheryl James, Sandra Denton and Jesse Collins as well as Queen Latifah and Shakim Compere from Flavor Unit. Written by Abdul Williams with Andy Horne, Dionne Harmon and James “Jimmy” Maynes as co-exec producer.  Source:  Deadline; Photo Source:  BBC.

The Photograph

Status:  Filming
Release Date:  TBA
Genre:  Drama/Romance
Studio(s):  Universal; Will Packer Productions
Director:  Stella Meghie

Cast:  Issa Rae, LaKeith Stanfield,Lil Rel Howery, Teyonah Parris, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Rob Morgan, Chante Adams, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Y’lan Noel, and Chelsea Peretti, Courtney B. Vance.

Details: The plot centers on intertwining love stories in the past and present.  Source:  Deadline; Photo Source: Variety.

Wild Seed

Status:  In Development
Release Date: TBA
Genre: Drama
Studio(s):  JuVee Productions
Director:  Wanuri Kahiu
Cast: TBA
Details:  Amazon Prime Video will join forces with Academy Award winner Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions in developing Wild Seed, a drama series based on the first book in Octavia E. Butler’s acclaimed Patternist sci-fi series, from Viola Davis and Julius Tennon’s JuVee Productions.

Wild Seed is a love (and hate) story of two African immortals who travel the ages from pre-Colonial West Africa to the far, far future. Doro, a killer who uses his power to breed people like livestock, encounters Anyanwu, a healer who forces him to reassess his millennia of cruel behavior.  For centuries, their personal battles change the course of our world as they struggle against the backdrop of time — master vs slave, man vs woman, killer vs healer.

Wild Seed was the first tome chronologically and third to be published in the five-book Patternmaster series from Science Fiction Hall of Famer Butler, who died in 2006 at the age of 58.  Butler was a renowned African-American writer of science-fiction, who was acclaimed for her lean prose, strong protagonists, and social observations in her stories.  Ms. Butler’s work is translated into 12 foreign languages and her books are taught in over 400 college courses.  “Wild Seed is a book that shifted my life,” said Davis. “It is as epic, as game changing, as moving and brilliant as any Science Fiction novel ever written.”  This is the second project based on an Octavia Butler novel that is in development. Victoria Mahoney, Ava DuVernay and MACRO are developing Dawn as a television series.  Source(s):  Deadline; Shadow & Act.

Bitter Root

Status:  Pre-Production
Release Date:  TBA
Genre: Drama/Fantasy/History
Studio(s):  Legendary Pictures
Director:  TBA
Cast:  TBA
Details: Legendary Pictures is bringing Image Comics’ 1920s fantasy action series Bitter Root to the big screen. The film will be based on the comic series by David F. Walker, Sanford Greene and Chuck Brown and features the Sangeryes family, a Black family of monster hunters during the Harlem Renaissance in 1924. They are the only defense against a horde of monsters set to invade New York City. These monsters feed off of many of America’s ills like bigotry and discrimination. The family has splintered over the years, and now the remaining members must unite to save the city.  Source:  Shadow & Act; Photo Source:  ComingSoon.

Holiday Rush

Status:  Filming
Release Date:  TBA – Netflix
Genre:  Romance/Holiday
Studio(s):  Poke Prod
Director:  Leslie Small
Cast:  Sonequa Martin-Green (Roxy Richardson), Romany Malco (Rashon ‘Rush’ Williams), Tamala Jones (Jocelyn ‘Joss’ Hawkings), La La Anthony (Paula Williams), Deon Cole (Marshall Stone), Darlene Love (Aunt Jo Robinson), Amarr M. Wooten (Jamal Williams), Roscoe Orman (Reginald Miller), Alysia Livingston (Janella).

Details:  Single dad and radio DJ Rashon “Rush” Williams loses his job right as his four entitled kids share their pricey Christmas lists. To keep Rush on the air in New York, his producer and aunt plan to help him buy another station — if the Williams family can downsize fast and embrace a simpler life. In this heartwarming film, a loving father reconnects with his children when they all learn that true joy comes from who you have, not what you have.  Source & Photo:  Blackfilm.com.

Sylvie

Status:  Filming
Release Date: TBA
Genre:  Drama
Studio(s):  Iam21 Entertainment
Director:  Eugene Ashe

Cast:  Tessa Thompson (Sylvie), Nnamdi Asomugha (Robert), John Magaro (Sid), Wendi McLendon-Covey (Lucy), Eva Longoria  (Carmen), Lance Reddick (Herbert), Jemima Kirke (Countess), Ryan Michelle Bathe (Kate), Regé-Jean Page (Chico), Aja Naomi King (Mona), Tone Bell, Erica Gimpel (Eunice), MC Lyte (Mikki).

Details:  The film is described as a love story set in the cool jazz era of New York City in the late 1950s and early 1960s.  It follows Sylvie (Thompson) who meets aspiring saxophonist Robert (Asomugha) when he takes a job at her father’s record store in Harlem.  After a summer romance that comes to an end, the two fatefully reconnect several years later and find that their feelings for each other have never disappeared.  Source:  The Wrap.