He’s aware that there are non-believers – people that think he shouldn’t have touched the original play – but despite them, he’s got news that’s worth celebrating, news that matters whether the movie turns out good or not. Read his letter below:
“We are only a little more than 3 weeks out from FOR COLORED GIRLS, which opens on November 5th. Wow, time is flying! I wanted to talk to you for just a second about this film. There has been a lot of Internet chatter about me doing this film. I’ve heard everything from, “I’m glad he’s doing it!”, to “How dare he touch this!”. Believe me, I know that this is sensitive material and I handled it that way. If you don’t believe me see for yourself on November 5th….
After reading the play a thousand times and listening to these poems a million times, it hit me. There was only one way to approach it. So what I did was, I put these characters in the situations around the poems, so that they could speak the dialogue of the book without it sounding like a poem. And I have to tell you, I wasn’t sure that it could be done. But, after listening to Phylicia Rashad, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Macy Gray, Kimberly Elise, Tessa Thompson, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose and Janet Jackson say these words it was awesomely seemless.
This movie is powerful. It is incredible. The performances in it are astonishing, but most of all this film will leave you lifted.
I don’t know if you know this either, but never in the history of a feature film has there been an ensemble of this many black women. That alone is worth celebrating. I hope you are planning to see it on November 5th.”