Our favorite Oscar winner, Octavia Spencer, has announced her newest project. She is coming together with Gabrielle Union, John Norris, and Tate Taylor of Wyolah Films to produce an adaptation of a novel. You probably have heard of or read “Coffee will make you black,” that’s the title of the new movie.
Union has been on a streak of new movies. Last year she starred in “Breaking In” and she is presently filming the sequel of “Bad Boys” titled “LA’s Finest.” She does not just star in the movie, she is one of the Executive Producers.
The adaptation of April Sinclair’s novel will be directed by Deborah Riley Draper, who also adapted the screenplay.
The movie is set in Chicago dating back to 1960. A young African-American girl in her teens who is struggling with discovering her voice as she handles conflicting relationships. She is faced with creating a balance in her relationships with her mother, friends, and crushes. She also faces problems of race, colorism, and sexism.
Octavia Spencer says she looks forward to the role as she sees her platform as a means to encourage young black women by telling these stories. She also sees it as a means to help young black actors and directors. Union is also enthusiastic to work on this movie which tells the story of almost every black girl.
This movie marks the premier collaboration between Wyolah Films and Orit Productions. However, Spencer, Taylor, and Norris have worked on three projects previously.