THE COLOR PURPLE to be adapted into a film, release date set for 2023

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.

Gabi Bergman

Gabi Bergman is a Melbourne-based performer and educator, and is the current Deputy Editor-in-Chief of She holds a Double Arts degree in Theatre Studies and Film/Screen Studies and a Master of Teaching (Secondary Education). Gabi has always been an avid lover of theatre, specifically musicals, and spends way too much money than she’d like to admit on tickets. Her most prized possession is her crate of theatre programs.

Gabi Bergman

One thought on “THE COLOR PURPLE to be adapted into a film, release date set for 2023

  • Dear Gabi,

    I noticed that your title eludes to the Color Purple being adapted into a film. If I am not mistaken its first release was a film in the early/mid 80’s, which starred Oprah Winfrey, Whoopie Goldberg, Danny Glover, and a host of other amazing actors. Also, Celie did not live in South America. However, she did live in the American South. It’s great to hear that they will remake this masterpiece. I look forward to it’s release.


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