So I guess “The Black Panther” and “Luke Cage” are on the back burner once again (which sort of makes my recent report of Singleton tackling “Panther” before “Cage” somewhat obsolete, damn), now that John Singleton has committed to directing the movie “Tulia”, which is scheduled for a Fall 2007 start date. The movie will be based on Nate Blakeslee’s book, “Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town,” in which 10% of the black population of Tulia was incarcerated on trump up charges.
“Tulia” is right up Singleton’s alley, and seems to be his return to substantive moviemaking after popcorn junk like “2 Fast 2 Furious” and, even though I liked it, “Four Brothers”. The film has “potential Oscar” written all over it, which is probably why Halle Berry and Billy Bob Thornton has reunited to do the movie (their previous one being the Oscar-winning “Monster’s Ball”).
More about Tulia, the town and the movie (via):
The arrests did not produce drugs or money, causing attorneys and civil-rights groups to denounce the bust as racial profiling. The undercover agent who conducted the bust was indicted on perjury charges; most of the 46 arrestees were eventually pardoned by Texas Gov. Rick Perry.
Karen Croner wrote the script for “Tulia,” which is being produced by Mike Tollin, Berry and manager Vince Cirrincione, Sharla Sumpter and Singleton’s manager Paul Hall.
It really was a black eye for Texas, and proves that racism still exists, especially in dinky towns like Tulia. The 21st century hasn’t come for everyone just yet…