Warner Bros. have announced that December 20, 2023 is the expected release date for their film adaptation of The Color Purple.
Blitz Bazawule, who co-directed Beyoncé’s Black Is King, will lead the project. Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Steven Spielberg and Quincy Jones are all attached as producers.
Based on the 1982 epistolary novel of the same name, The Color Purple follows young Celie, an African American woman living in Southern America during the turn of the 20th century. The show premiered on Broadway in 2005, and starred LaChanze as Celie. The 2015 Broadway revival was met with critical acclaim, including taking home the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical, and starred Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks, and Jennifer Hudson.
No casting details have been announced.