The Color Purple Movie

The Color Purple movie production status is currently Pre-Production

January 1, 2021 • Key talent and film crew being hired; budgeting, preparing and planning of production schedule; approving final shooting script.

Who's Involved:

Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders, Quincy Jones, Blitz Bazawule

Release Date:

Wednesday, December 20, 2023 (Nationwide)


Runtime: N/A
Language: English

Plot: What's the story about?

A decades-spanning tale of a black woman named Celie, who grows up in poverty in the American South and endures harsh treatment from her stepfather, husband and others in her life, which tests her faith in God and humankind.

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Who stars in The Color Purple: Cast List

No cast available.

Who's making The Color Purple: Crew List

A look at the The Color Purple behind-the-scenes crew and production team. The film's director Blitz Bazawule last directed Black Is King.



Quincy Jones
Scott Sanders
Steven Spielberg
Oprah Winfrey

Production Companies

Watch: The Color Purple Trailers & Videos

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Production: What we know about The Color Purple?

Key Facts

  1. The story of Celie in the South during the early 20th century.
  2. The musical, with a book by playwright Marsha Norman, and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, began on Broadway in 2005.
  3. Based on the Tony-winning musical and the hit 1985 film.

Filming Timeline

  1. January 2021: The film was in Pre-Production status.
  2. November 2018: The film was in Development status.
  3. Variety said the musical is in the "early stages of development and will next look to land a writer".

The Color Purple Release Date: When is the film coming out?

The Color Purple is coming out in 2023 on Wednesday, December 20, 2023 (Nationwide release).

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