From Black Voices — Slave stories might become the new black in Hollywood.
Today, the Shadow And Act film blog revealed that Paris-based Other Angle Pictures picked up a French slavery comedy for international distribution. ‘Case Départ’ is scheduled for a July 6 release in France and with the international distribution deal, there’s the possibility that a remake could happen in Hollywood. According to an article in the film industry trade magazine, ‘Variety,’ executives at Other Angle say ‘Case Départ’ has “remake potential”.
The comedy is about two half-brothers, Joel and Regis (played by actors pictured above, Thomas Ngijol and Fabrice Eboué, respectively), who travel to the Caribbean to collect an inheritance from their dying father. They are given a document that chronicles their slave ancestry and in an effort to find out its worth, they accidentally destroy the document. Their aunt curses them and sends them back in time to the Transatlantic slavery period, where they are sold as slaves and must not only try to escape their conditions but also the year 1780. The trailer (shown below) is in French with no sub-titles, so those who don’t understand the language may not be able to follow along, but there is a lighthearted feel to the clip and the slavery setting is clear.
Meanwhile, a slave film closer to home was just given a release date. Indie-film blog, ‘The Playlist’ has announced the Quentin Tarantino-directed and written film about an escaped slave seeking revenge on his master in an effort to rescue his lover, ‘Django Unchained,’ is scheduled to come out on Christmas Day 2012. That’s more than a year-and-a-half from now, but like most of Tarantino’s films, this movie has been buzzed about from pretty much the moment Tarantino finished writing the screenplay.