Dual Black Panther films
The stories of two leading figures in the 1960's Black Panther movement are to get film treatments and in two separate films from European film-makers.
One will follow Angela Davis, prominent at the forefront of the civil rights movement, and the other Bobby Seale, a co-founder of the Black Panther movement.
Angela Davis was sacked as a philosophy professor at UCLA for being a Communist and went from that role to later in her life when a gun registered in her name was used in a courtroom breakout where a Judge was shot and killed and she found herself on the FBI's most wanted list. Her trial became a very high profile event and even with an all-white jury she found herself acquitted of the crimes.
These days, according to Wikipedia, she's an advocate and speaker for rights and equality for many different groups.
The film is to be directed by Rachid Bouchareb and will focus more on her early life according to Yahoo News, and will be based on a script from the novelist Yasmina Khadra. Amazingly, and this quote will have you spinning to begin with, Bouchareb wants Beyoncé Knowles to play the lead role.
Now instantly I couldn't believe that option and wondered why he'd come up with her for the lead role. Then I thought about her on stage “character” that she uses for performing, and the clips I've seen of her in Obsessed, and I'm now thinking that she could carry off the role.
The other film will be from Egoli Tossell whose film entitled A Lonely Rage is based on Bobby Seale's autobiography (Amazon.co.uk / Amazon.com) which traces his life from living on a Texan farm to being the head of one of the most radical protest groups of the U.S., and now to selling barbecue cookbooks of all things. Seale is acting as a consultant on the film and Paul Herzberg is writing.
Seale is also known as one of the Chicago Eight, or Seven if you are watching the development of the upcoming film about the group who were tried for trying to incite riots at the 1968 Democratic Convention. According to Wikipedia his many outbursts led to him being gagged and bound during the trial.
Both films will make for interesting viewing, but I suspect the Bobby Seale film will have much more impact since he was a co-founder of the Black Panthers.