2013 Should be an Interesting Year for Studio Black Cinema

2013 should be an interesting year for studio black cinema, with at least 3 feature films starring ensemble casts of familiar faces, in production: AddictedDavid Talbert’s Baggage Claim (which Paula PattonDerek LukeOctavia SpencerTaye Diggs, Trey SongzJill ScottJ ColeDjimon HounsouAdam BrodyMorris ChestnutLauren LondonChristina MilianTia Mowry and Terrence Jenkins (aka Terrence J); Screen Gems remake of the 1986 rom-com, About Last Night, starring Kevin HartMichael EalyJoy Bryant and Regina Hall, which Will Packer is producing; Ride Along, Ice Cube’s action comedy, which stars Cube, Kevin HartTika Sumpter, and Jay Pharoah, also produced by Will Packer, with Tim Story directing; and finally, yet another Will Packer-produced film – this time the thriller, No Good Deed, which stars Idris ElbaTaraji P. Henson, and .Henry Simmons. There are a few others; but, as I usually do at the start of every year, I take a long, hard look at everything we should look forward to for the year, which I will do towards the end of 2012, or early in 2013. But we might find ourselves with one of those rare years in 2013, when there’s a fuller than usual slate of studio-backed black films, to complement the indies – an indie slate that, given what I know today, should be strong. We’ll see…

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