Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Marvel Hopes to Release a New Netflix Series Every 6 Months - Including 'Luke Cage' & 'The Defenders' of Course Queen Latifah Will Play Wiz and Mary J. Blige Is Evillene in NBC's Musical Production of 'The Wiz' Queen Latifah Will Play Wiz and Mary J. Blige Is Evillene in NBC's Musical Production of 'The Wiz' NBC Rethinks Broadcast Runs for New Summer Comedies, 'Mr. Robinson' & 'The Carmichael Show' NBC Rethinks Broadcast Runs for New Summer Comedies, 'Mr. Robinson' & 'The Carmichael Show' Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in August Here's the List of Films & TV Series Coming to (and Leaving) Netflix's Streaming Library in August 'Key & Peele' Will End After Its Current Season 'Key & Peele' Will End After Its Current Season Michael B. Jordan Adds Adaptation of Acclaimed Nonfiction Bestseller 'Just Mercy' to His Slate Michael B. Jordan Adds Adaptation of Acclaimed Nonfiction Bestseller 'Just Mercy' to His Slate MSNBC Decides: Touré Is Out, Rev. Al Stays (For Now) MSNBC Decides: Touré Is Out, Rev. Al Stays (For Now) Disney Channel & Disney XD Casting Directors Holding Online Casting Call for Diverse Actors, Age 10-17 Disney Channel & Disney XD Casting Directors Holding Online Casting Call for Diverse Actors, Age 10-17 Revisiting Spike Lee's Perplexing 'She Hate Me' on Its 11th Anniversary Revisiting Spike Lee's Perplexing 'She Hate Me' on Its 11th Anniversary Oprah Winfrey Presents Landmark 7-Night Event Series 'Belief' Premiering October 18 (Trailer) Oprah Winfrey Presents Landmark 7-Night Event Series 'Belief' Premiering October 18 (Trailer) Watch 5 Clips From TV One Original Movie 'Runaway Island' - Premieres This Saturday, July 25 Watch 5 Clips From TV One Original Movie 'Runaway Island' - Premieres This Saturday, July 25 Samira Wiley to Co-Star in Film Based on Kitty Genovese 1964 Murder Samira Wiley to Co-Star in Film Based on Kitty Genovese 1964 Murder MTV Has Made Its 'White People' Documentary Available Online - Watch It Here MTV Has Made Its 'White People' Documentary Available Online - Watch It Here Check Out the Official Theatrical Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' Check Out the Official Theatrical Trailer for Stanley Nelson’s 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution' Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Starz Announces Return Date for Original Series 'Power' + New Key Art + Trailer Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Why Was Janet Hubert (Aunt Viv) Really Replaced on 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air'? Buzzfeed Investigates Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Third 'Best Man' Movie Gets a Title, an Official 2016 Release Date & A Most Unexpected Wedding Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Aaron McGruder Finally Explains Why He Left 'The Boondocks' Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Netflix Explains Why It Doesn't Always Have That Film Or TV Show You Really Want To See (Video) Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie... Tichina Arnold Says She Talked To Martin Lawrence About Doing A 'Martin' Movie...

Updates On Fantasia Barrino's Mahalia Jackson Project...

Photo of Tambay A. Obenson By Tambay A. Obenson | Shadow and Act June 9, 2011 at 4:38AM

So, I assume that by now we've all settled into the news that American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino will star as gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in a new biographical film, right?
9

So, I assume that by now we've all settled into the news that American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino will star as gospel singer Mahalia Jackson in a new biographical film, right?

If not, well, better get used it, because it's pretty much a done deal, with Euzhan Palcy directing from a script based on the Jules Schwerin book, Got to Tell It: Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel.

A few new bits of news about the project have surfaced that I thought worth sharing, all courtesy of a New York Post profile of the film printed on their website earlier this morning.

First, one significant item we didn't yet know, and thus haven't reported yet, is the film's budget. The New York Post lists it at $23.9 million, which, I think is actually a healthy amount, given the focus and the talent involved, and the fact that it falls under Hollywood's "black film" umbrella - films that usually don't get that much money. Although I believe this project is independently financed.

Secondly, Fantasia reportedly has a deal that would get her a percentage of the film's box office gross! Whoa! That's unheard of for a talent of her stature, isn't it? Only folks like Will Smith get those kinds of back-end deals. There still isn't a lot of info available on this, but I'm guessing Fantasia might be getting a producer credit as well.

And lastly, the movie is endorsed by Mahalia Jackson's estate, who have granted exclusive worldwide rights to Mahalia’s story, the name “Mahalia” and “Mahalia Jackson”, as have given their approval of eighteen of Ms. Jackson's original recordings, for use in the film and the soundtrack CD.

Production was supposed to begin in April, but I'm not sure that it actually has yet.

This article is related to: Coming Soon, Things That Make You Go Hmm..., casting


Shadow & ActNewsletter