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Lee Daniels Says He's Developing A Post-Slavery Black Western...

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act February 26, 2013 at 11:27AM

Our friends at The Root interviewed director Lee Daniels a few days before Sunday's Oscar ceremony, and in that interview they talked specifically about Django Unchained (Daniels had been silent on the film, and shares his thoughts on it w/ The Root; in short, he hated it), Spike Lee (notably the backlash he faced when he said Django Unchained was disrespectful to our ancestors, and how much love Daniels has for Spike and the work he's done, and for having the balls to speak out against the film), why it's still tough for black films to get made in Hollywood, and more.
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Lee Daniels

Our friends at The Root interviewed director Lee Daniels a few days before Sunday's Oscar ceremony, and in that interview they talked specifically about Django Unchained (Daniels had been silent on the film, and shares his thoughts on it w/ The Root; in short, he hated it), Spike Lee (notably the backlash he faced when he said Django Unchained was disrespectful to our ancestors, and how much love Daniels has for Spike and the work he's done, and for having the balls to speak out against the film), why it's still tough for black films to get made in Hollywood, and more.

I'm not going to share what he said on all those topics, because, frankly, we've talked them to death. You can head over to The Root to read the full interview.

But what did get my attention, and that I thought was worth mentioning, was this piece of the interview:

TR: Louis Gossett Jr. said to The Root that he'd like to see filmmakers like you or Spike Lee do a movie on real-life Djangos or cowboys like a Nat Love or Bass Reeves. Is that an option for you?

LD: Yeah, yeah! I got one in my repertoire coming; I got one coming. Yep, I'm developing something. It's not during slavery but right after slavery.

So it sounds like a post-Civil War, Reconstruction-set black western from Lee Daniels, might be something to look forward to in the future - whenever/if it eventually does happen.

You know how these things go; new projects are revealed daily, filmmakers talk about projects they're developing, but many never become a reality. Daniels already has so many projects on his upcoming slate, all announced since Precious; he's completed one (The Paperboy), and he's currently working on another (The Butler), and there are 4 or 5 others that are waiting to be made. I suppose we can add this mysterious black western he tells The Root about to that to-do list.

Hopefully, in time, he'll reveal more about it. I wished the interviewer would have pressed for further information.

All we can do now is wonder and speculate.

I haven't loved all of Daniels' work, but he's an interesting filmmaker to me; I appreciate that he isn't afraid to take risks and I'm always curious about the choices he makes.

Read the full interview with The Root HERE.

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