Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Darkies Might Limit Whitebread Box Office Dollars

George Lucas worries Hollywood doesn’t support black films

"George Lucas, the influential creator of the “Star Wars” films, has added his voice to the perennial concern that Hollywood doesn’t care about black films.

In a series of interviews in recent days Lucas has said he himself had to bankroll “Red Tails,” a movie 23 years in the making about the Tuskegee Airmen opening Jan. 20. Lucas invested $93 million of his own money for the making and distribution of the film, according to “Speakeasy,” a blog of the Wall St. Journal.

Now he’s a principal promoter, taking his case to Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” Monday night.

Lucas blamed the reception to an “all-black cast” without any white headliners for the roadblocks he encountered within Hollywood. “It’s because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all,” said Lucas. The response he got Lucas told Stewart was “we don’t know how to market a movie like this.”

“Red Tails’’ is essentially a World War II drama centering on the fighting record of the black airmen known by their training base, Tuskegee. It stars Cuba Gooding, Jr., Terrence Howard, David Oyelowo, Michael B. Jordan and Ne-Yo.

Furthermore, in an interview with USA Today, Lucas said he feared that if this film, with its strong story and lauded producer, failed, it might hurt other projects of black filmmakers.

The real Airmen have been a fount of celebrations and information for researchers, particularly in Washington, where a number still live. Their accomplishments are noted in the National Air and Space Museum and one of their training planes was donated last summer to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, due to open in 2015."


Anonymous tones said...

I saw the show with Jon Stewart, to be fair he said "this movie was too green -in that it was too black" or something similarly worded and went on to explain that with no super star power and only relatively "green" actors the risk of not making enough to cover the initial investment was too great.

12/1/12 2:08 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

I'll go and take a look at that Daily Show segment, and kudos to Lucas for financing the project. From looking at the trailer the only problem I might have with the movie is that it may be too sappy.
But shame on the industry if there's a racial aspect in decision making - this is a spectacular story that should be told.

12/1/12 9:17 PM  

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