Filmmaker Shaka King stated that Hollywood distributors have an “incredibly hostile” angle towards black-led movies, assuming they are going to lose cash.
“I didn’t even think of doing another movie after Newlyweeds [in 2013],” King told Yahoo Entertainment. “Because I found the film marketplace, specifically, was incredibly hostile to any movies directed by [black people] and starring black actors.”
“Our work was deemed without value, financial value, specifically. It was just hostile, incredibly hostile,” King added of the woke, left-leaning leisure trade’s angle towards black-led movies.
As for King’s 2021 dramatic thriller, Judas and the Black Messiah, the filmmaker teamed up with twin screenwriting group Keith and Kenneth Lucas on the undertaking — which follows the story of Black Panther chief Fred Hampton.
“The hesitance really stemmed from a belief that the movie wouldn’t be as financially successful as we thought,” King stated. “They passed because they were like, ‘For the money that you said you need to make this movie, we don’t think we can get that money back with a theatrical release.’”
“They were like, ‘If you make the movie for half the budget, then we’re in,’” King added.
The report added that regardless of considerations, Judas and the Black Messiah “has been a major success for Warner Bros. and its HBO Max streaming service” and has netted six Academy Award nominations.
King added that being acknowledged for his work is “bittersweet.”
Having an “incredibly hostile” angle towards black-led movies is just not the one prejudice Hollywood has been accused of recently. The left-leaning trade additionally faces accusations of racism towards Latinos, sexism, homophobia, and discrimination towards the disabled.
Earlier this yr, actress Rita Moreno said that racism in Hollywood — notably towards the Latino neighborhood — is “still the same damn problem” it was when she was beginning out seven many years in the past.
Actress Emma Thompson has additionally called out Hollywood’s casting sexism, stating that when a girl passes the age of fifty, she turns into “invisible.”
Earlier this week, Titanic and Avatar star Kate Winslet says she knows “at least four” actors who’re “hiding their sexuality” on account of “homophobia” that exists in Hollywood.
Moreover, scores of actors and leisure trade professionals have not too long ago written an open letter slamming Hollywood for its alleged prejudice and discrimination towards disabled folks.