Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Professor Tracey Is Worried That Actress Angela Bassett Is Going To Screw Up Directing The Movie Adaptation Of One Her Favorite Books - Erasure

I love Erasure. It's one of my favorite books. As much as I love Angela Bassett, I am not confident about her making her directorial debut with this extremely complex book. I also hate they have already changed the title to something that makes absolutely no sense. I will pray that her brave ambition in choosing this wonderful book to make a film about, will translate into talent on the big screen.


Claudia March 3, 2009 at 7:12 AM  

Wow, never in a million years would I have thought that Everett's book would be made into a movie! I am also a big fan of the book and I have taught it often. And I agree with you PT, the title stinks. What's wrong with "Erasure"? There's a lot of meaning with that title.

Christopher Chambers March 3, 2009 at 9:19 AM  

I'm hating because she and Courtney bought the rights to Sympathy for the Devil...and ain;t done nothing with it. In a way, I'm glad they haven't. Percival's book was an allegory a lot of bad things in our culture, from the crap in the entertainment industry, to the current "ghettofab" book craze. I doubt there will that nuance in this work; Angela's part of that low substance world now. She's not going to bite the hand, so to speak.

Claudia March 3, 2009 at 10:10 AM  


I definitely hear what you're saying about "not biting the hand" (and I lost a lot of respect for Angela after "Meet the Browns" - sigh) but I'm trying to figure out how they will make the movie digestible for mainstream audiences. Everett's message was pretty explicit in its criticism, don't you think? Even Oprah gets lampooned. I guess one way it could go wrong would be if Monk was portrayed as an up-tight elitist, rather than as simply a misunderstood, aspiring literary writer that is fed up. I bet Percival Everett must be having a big laugh about all this.

La Diva Sim March 4, 2009 at 12:33 PM  

"She's not going to bite the hand, so to speak."

Chris, Lets remember we are talking about a woman who has come out publicly calling the Oscars racist, Hollywood sexist, and most recently, Woody Allen wierd. Angela Bassett constantly speaks her mind and tells it like she sees it. She didnt sign on to direct this movie so she could bite her tongue.

Claudia, I'm still mad about Meet the Browns. The only reason I can think why should would do that film is to do another leading lady role. Unfortunately she hasnt had enough of those. But AB didnt lose any of my respect, the woman has to work and Hollywood isnt tossing her any bones, obviously. Shes directing now.

I'll support whatever Angela's involved in and I know she'll do this story justice. Lets back her up people! Its not like we have countless black women directors that we can just knock this one.

Claudia March 5, 2009 at 9:10 AM  

@La Diva Sim

Point taken, you've made me reconsider the tone of my previous comment. I'm going to give her the benefit of the doubt (and of course, I'll see the movie) - I just hope, hope, hope that it's good!

Anonymous,  March 5, 2009 at 11:33 PM  

LOL I thought you guy were referring to Angela's role in Notorious. I had forgotten all about Meet the Browns. Dear God, she played a "young" mother. How could I forget that role?

Anyhoo, I've never heard of this book. Just made a request for it at the library. It seems like it will be an interesting read.

Anonymous,  March 15, 2009 at 9:47 PM  

No need to worry. Everyone knows the cinematographer and AD do all the work!

Anonymous,  March 20, 2009 at 3:31 PM  

Ok I've read the book. I do not want this made into a movie. I see it being played as a Bamboozled or to a less extent Dancing in September type movie. It hasn't been made, but we've already seen it. That being said, if it makes it to the big screen, I will support it.

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