Saturday, December 22, 2007

Coming Soon: The Secret Life of Bees

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Now this bit of production news is just the bees knees: How excited are we that Love & Basketball director, Gina Prince-Bythewood, is attached to not only direct but has adapted Sue Monk Kidd's best-selling novel, "The Secret Life of Bees" for the big screen?

Queen Latifah, Jennifer Hudson and Sophie Okonedo will star and Dakota Fanning and Alicia Keys are in final negotiations.


"Bees," a drama set in the Southern U.S. in the 1960s, centers on teenager Lily Owens (Fanning) and her friend Rosaleen (Hudson) who flee their hometown to escape their harsh upbringing and seek to uncover the mysteries of Lily's late mother. Along the way, they encounter three beekeeping sisters (Latifah, Okonedo, Keys) who take the pair in to their South Carolina home. --Reuters


For the past several years, Black female directors have been noticeably MIA from the big screen. But with Angela Robinson (Herbie, D.E.B.S) continuing to helm projects and Kasi Lemmon's recent return with the Petey Greene story, Talk to Me, thankfully, things are starting to look up again!

10 comments:

Brandon said...

How are Jennifer Hudson and Queen Latifah gonna be in the same movie when they're essentially the same person? I have a wicked sense of humor but it is amusing...

I'd just like to see the movie minus Dakota Fanning and Alicia Keys, with another full-figured woman like Monique as their sister and they raise killer bees and kill people. I'm talking one of those B horror movies. Now that would be a movie!

Ebonne said...

I cant wait for this movie!

notyouraveragecitizen said...

Sounds interesting. If Gina does as well as she did w/Love and Basketball, this will be a good film. I'll keep my eyes open for this one.

Pronounced Like "Nikki" said...

Hahahaha at the killer bees. I would pay money to see that but I would also pay to see anything Alicia Keys is in after Smokin Aces. She's got IT.

LeAnne@Hairs My Story Team said...

This ought to be interesting. I didn't know that this book was based on black charecters?
Anyhoo... I'm looking forward to reading and seeing the movie.

Christine said...

It's always good to see Black women directors. With an all-star cast and strong story line, this should be interesting.

Genesis said...

i would like to see that! i heard tristan wilds (michael lee from the wire) is going to be in it as well. can't wait.

Anonymous said...

Wow! Several years ago I read "The Secret Life of Bees", and thought to myself,"this would make a great movie. While I wait for the movie, I will reread the book.Both will be well worth my time - and yours too.

Blackgirl On Mars said...

Looking forward to this...

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