Oscar Micheaux is finally getting a biopic. The filmmaker, director, and producer is an inspiration for Black creatives in Hollywood, and laid the path for many currently in the industry. I know what you’re thinking: “Man, this would be a great role for **insert name of up and coming Black actor here**. But no. Not even close. Per Variety:
HBO is developing a biopic of pioneering African-American filmmaker Oscar Micheaux that has Tyler Perry on board to star.
Craig Zadan and Neil Meron are shepherding the project for Sony Pictures TV through their Storyline Entertainment banner. Perry is set to executive produce with Zadan and Meron but does not plan to direct.
Charles Murray, an alum of “Sons of Anarchy” and History’s redo of “Roots,” is penning the script. It’s based on the 2007 biography “Oscar Micheaux: The Great and Only: The Life of America’s First Black Filmmaker” by film historian Patrick McGilligan.
Look, I respect Tyler Perry’s hustle and work ethic, but they couldn’t get Chadwick Boseman? Preposterous!