Here's the latest on the Outkast movie, from NME:
OUTKAST have revealed details of their upcoming movie musical. Universal Pictures have bought the worldwide rights to the project, which is set in a 1930’s speakeasy, and follows two characters -Percival, the club’s piano player played by Andre 3000, and Rooster, the club’s lead performer and manager, played by Big Boi.
OutKast’s longtime music video collaborator Bryan Barber is set to make his feature film directing debut with the movie – produced by HBO Films - and has been working on his own screenplay.
...According to Reuters, HBO Films president Colin Callender said: “This is not just another musical that happens to be starring OutKast and happens to be directed by Bryan Barber.”
He added: “It's more akin to a 'Purple Rain' or 'A Hard Day's Night’. It's very much a collaboration of Andre and Big Boi and Bryan Barber, and grew out of their musical and cinematic explorations. It's not like we found a musical and said, 'Let's go cast OutKast, and maybe Bryan Barber might be interested in directing it.' What we were really doing was giving OutKast and Bryan a platform to creatively invent their own musical."
As you may remember, I've been waiting for the Outkast backlash for some time. I wonder if this musical will what turns the tide. In other words, instead of "Purple Rain," it will be "Under the Cherry Moon." But I wish them no ill will, so let's hope it works out for them.