Lionsgate Will Produce For Colored Girls. . . Film

News   Lionsgate Will Produce For Colored Girls. . . Film Lionsgate has acquired the feature film rights for Ntozake Shange's For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.

Variety reports that video director Nzingha Stewart will helm the production based on her screenplay adaptation.

A Broadway revival of For Colored Girls was postponed due to financial problems. Directed by Shirley Jo Finney and choreographed by Hinton Battle, the music, movement and poetry-flecked For Colored Girls... would have marked the Broadway stage debut of two-time Grammy Award winner India.Arie. Casting for the film has not been announced.

The 1974 Obie-winning and Tony Award-nommed For Colored Girls played The Public Theater and jumped to Broadway 1976-78, with playwright Shange playing one of seven women who "reveal themselves, their lives, loves, hardships, and ultimately their discovery of strength and love."

The production was nominated for a 1977 Best Play Tony Award, and actress Trazana Beverley won a Tony in the category of Best Actress in a Featured Role (Play). The original Broadway company also featured Laurie Carlos, Risë Collins, Aku Kadogo, Janet League, Paula Moss and Ntozake Shange.

A 1982 TV version starred Shange, Laurie Carlos, Trazana Beverly, Alfre Woodard and Lynn Whitfield. Lionsgate president Mike Paseornek told the industry paper, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf was a milestone in modern American theatre, and it speaks as powerfully today as it did when it was first performed in New York in 1975."