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“Red Tails” Film Survives Despite “Blackout” By Hollywood Backers

Iconic filmmaker Gerge Lucas appeared on the The Daily Show With Jon Stewart this week to share details about his forthcoming Red Tails movie and the difficulties faced by films like it.

Red Tails, with an all-star cast boasting Terrence Howard, Cuba Gooding Jr. singer Ne-Yo, and more, depicts the well-publicized story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a valiant group of fighter pilots in World War II. The Star Wars creator put forth $58 million of his own money towards the overall price tag of the film.

“It’s a reasonably expensive movie. Normally black movies, say Tyler Perry movies or something, they’re very low budget,” the film’s producer, Lucas, told Stewart on the show. “Even they won’t really release his movies, it goes to one of the lower, not major distributors…And this costs more than what those movies make.

“They don’t believe there’s any foreign market for it and that’s 60 percent of their profit…I showed it to all of them and they said ‘No. We don’t know how to market a movie like this,'” Lucas added.

In Hollywood, it seems to Lucas, there must be at least some White element to films in order for them to be seen as lucrative. “It’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white roles in it at all. It’s one of the first, all-black action pictures ever made. It’s not Glory where you have a lot of white officers running these guys into cannon fire. They were real heroes.”

Red Tails hits theaters on January 20. Check out the trailer below:

  • Shit looks good…and not one sign of Medea!!

  • $20848444

    We have to support this film. If we don’t show and prove it may be the first and last just like it.

  • this is nothing new. I’ve never seen an all black film w/out white ppl…ever! even when it’s mostly black actors there’s white in there somewhere!!! GL is just bringing it to the light more and more ppl will see his interview because he’s white and a big producer in hollywd. this is nothing new….you see how usa is still to this day so so racist even towards blacks that have millions or blacks who own their own businesses. look how the president is treated!!! foh

    • churchboy2

      He did NOT say that this film was entirely “without white people”. He said no “major” white roles. [shrugs]

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  • With Lucas behind it, this film should get major distribution.  We needs to get out and support like we used to do with those Spike Lee joints!  ‘Joyful Noise’ (really?) can wait.

  • Ms. I Stay 1Hunna

    Terrence Howard? I’m in..LOL! Looks like a kick ass movie though, especially with GL, u know it’s gonna be action packed and full of effects, I definitely can’t wait for this. The big man in a dress and gray wig can go sit down now :)

  • Aaron Davis

    it’s a shame how far we as black ppl still have to go to earn the respect from white america..but dnt cry about it, we just got to prove em wrong every day and let our actions speak louder than our words

    • 4-12

      Blacks and Latinos

  • churchboy2

    Speak with your wallets people! (Don’t wait for the bootlegs on this one…)

  • This is going to be tight! Can’t wait to see it!!!

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  • If the George Lucas cannot get  film financing for HIS movies then we have a ….LONG way to go in race relations! This is tragic!

  • Linda Tolbert

    I want the names of the racists who would not invest…If they do not think an all black cast is a viable investment, why the hell should I see their films?? I think we need to know who they are so we can boycott their films…Its time to root out racism by attaching names and faces to it….