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TD Jakes' TDJ Enterprises/Film Bridge Int'l To Exec-Produce and Distribute "Winnie" (Jennifer Hudson) in U.S.

by Vanessa Martinez
April 25, 2012 7:47 PM
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T.D. Jakes

I was actually wondering on the status on this film today.....

Evangelist and film producer mogul T.D. Jakes and his company TDJ Enterprises/Film Bridge International are on board to executive produce and develop a domestic marketing and distribution strategy for the Winnie and Nelson Mandela love story Winnie, which stars Jennifer Hudson and Terrence Howard.

Winnie, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last year and was received with not-so-warm reviews, has been in limbo for months now. TDJ Enterprises/Film Bridge are the executive producing company behind last year's Jumping the Broom and will support the upcoming remake release of Sparkle, starring Whitney Houston.

The company is also behind last month's Hollywood Black Film Festival's opener A Million Colors, directed by Peter Bishai and based on the real-life stories of Zulu men Muntu Ndebele and his friend Norman Knox.

Let's not forget Jakes' involvement just this month in the successful release of Woman Thou Art Loosed!: On the 7thDay via Codeblack and AMC's Theater program.

"Stories like Winnie and A Million Colours are important historically and socially. Collaborations like this offer us a unique ability to provide the global community a window into African culture through the creation of quality content," said Jakes to THR

No word on when Winnie will screen next; we should hear something soon enough.

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  • Orville | April 26, 2012 3:59 PMReply

    Vanessa didn't you read the Hollywood Reporter's review of Winnie? Jennifer Hudson actually got a lot of praise for her performance. I also read Variety's review of Winnie and Jennifer was credited with performing well. I really want to see this movie because I have actually heard good things about Jennifer's role.

    People keep on talking about Nelson Mandela but this movie isn't focused on him. Some people forget that Winnie was the main reason the Anti Apartheid struggle in South Africa continued while Nelson was in prison. Winnie was the one that fought hard for black South African rights. Also, the movie will explore the controversial death of the South African teenager in Winnie.

  • JJ | April 25, 2012 11:30 PMReply

    I look forward to seeing the movie Winnie.

  • ronda | April 26, 2012 12:12 AM

    i so don't.

  • PRISS | April 25, 2012 9:27 PMReply

    This film is poorly made therefore the delayed distribution. It is offensive that the announcement of this "deal" is so obviously tied to her trial. I couldn't sit through it at TIFF. While I've heard it went into a serious re-edit, the first impression has been made. Also this is not an acquisition. Its a service deal with TD Jakes and Film Bridge. In other words, the producers are not getting paid - they are paying. This woman has been so poorly managed on the movie side of her brand business it is tragic. The Three Stooges anyone?

  • ojie imoloame | April 26, 2012 12:32 PM

    I agree with you wholeheartedly. I also agree that Jennifer's movie career has been poorly managed. Call me silly, i know she has an amazingly powerful voice, but i really do love her as an actress more. I really hope that they re-work this film in such a way that it comes across beautifully. If handled well, she could earn another oscar nomination.

  • Mark & Darla | April 25, 2012 8:19 PMReply

    I want to see this movie for so many personal reasons.

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