Thursday, January 22, 2009


Things were pretty good for black filmmakers at Sundance Film Festival this past weekend with pick ups for the Michael Jai White blaxploitation film "Black Dynamite" as well as Antoine Fuqua's crime thriller "Brooklyn's Finest."

Sony bought the rights to "Black Dynamite" just shy of $2 million and is bringing in a theatrical partner to minimize the risk. Senator Distribution made a big splash on Saturday night by paying seven figures (reportedly no more than $5 million) along with homevideo partner Sony for "Brooklyn's Finest."

"Brooklyn's Finest" is rumored to be a work in progress but is possibly shooting for a December release for consideration with next years award season. If you click here you can read Variety's review of the film. It stars, Don Cheadle, Richard Gere, Wesley Snipes, and Ethan Hawke.

"Black Dynamite" stars Michael Jai White, Arsenio Hall, Bokeem Woodbine, and Salli Richardson. No release date has been reported for this one yet. However, the buyers did mention something about this film having franchise potential so we shall see.