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Revisionist Cinema Narratives Based On Black Literary Characters (Survey)

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act October 26, 2011 at 7:48AM

Thinking further about Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds... also, with Halloween just around the corner... I’d like to see some famous black literary characters given similar revisionist film narratives, or fantastical mash-ups like Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, to name one.
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Thinking further about Quentin Tarantino's Django Unchained and Inglorious Basterds... also, with Halloween just around the corner... I’d like to see some famous black literary characters given similar revisionist film narratives, or fantastical mash-ups like Seth Grahame-Smith’s Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, to name one.

Maybe taking something like Roots, or Uncle Tom’s Cabin, and injecting a vampire/zombie/ghost/alien/whatever plot; or maybe taking a satirical hammer to D.W. Griffith's Birth Of A Nation; or turning Bigger Thomas in Native Son into a superhero during his day, with hidden supernatural powers… something like that.

I've been trying to think of a good example that already exists, but can't at the moment… so, help me out; are there already any revisionist narratives (film or literary) based on black characters (real or fiction)?

And if not, I'd like to get some of your ideas on what's possible; feel free to be as ridiculous and bizarre as you'd like.

Maybe we can pitch them to some writer(s) to develop... maybe not, and this is just for the eff of it...

Although, if you're a filmmaker, screenwriter or author currently working on (or already have completed) a work that fits the bill, holla!


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