Spielberg, Oprah Developing “The Color Purple” Musical For the Big Screen

Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones are developing The Color Purple for Warner Bros. 

The three have joined forces to adapt the hit book, turned hit movie, turned hit musical to the big screen. Deadline confirms that the feature will be based off the Tony-winning Broadway musical.

The 1982 Alice Walker novel about a black woman named Celie, who suffers abuse from her father, husband, and others over the course of four decades set in the American South, is heading back to the silver screen by Winfrey, Jones, and Scott Sanders, who produced the Broadway version. The three will now produce the big-screen musical with Spielberg as a producer.

Spielberg’s 1985 version starred Whoopi Goldberg as Celie. It earned 11 Oscar nominations, including a nom for Best Supporting Actress for Winfrey who made her acting debut. The original Broadway musical debuted in 2005 and scored 11 Tony Award nominations. 

The project is still looking for a writer.