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Upcoming Movies

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Upcoming movies with Black actors. Whether they are “Black” movies or “mainstream” movies, here are the projects that Black actors, directors and producers are creating.

Notes: (1) Inclusion on this list is not an endorsement of its artistic value. (2) The movies are listed in alphabetical order by year, NOT by release date. Release dates are subject to change. (3) Once a movie is out of the theaters it will be removed. (4) I’m one person with many responsibilities. I miss things. Feel free to contact me with corrections at symphonyep@gmail.com

2009 MOVIES

10,000 Doors
Starring: Erica Hubbard

4Chosen
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Ne-Yo, Amin Joseph, Kwame Jackson

A Thousand Words
Starring: Kerry Washington, Eddie Murphy, John Witherspoon
Fast-talking agent JACK’s (Eddie Murphy) insincere patter is his chief weapon, but it irritates his assistant AARON (Clark Duke), threatens his marriage to CAROLINE (Kerry Washington) and gets him into trouble repping guru/author DR. SINJA (Cliff Curtis). Jack suffers karmic repercussions from Sinja’s magical Bodhi tree, which sheds one leaf for each word Jack speaks. After one thousand words, Jack will die.

Armored
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Columbus Short

A guard for an armored truck company is coerced by his veteran coworkers to steal a truck containing $10 million.

Black Water Transit
Starring: Aisha Tyler, Bill Cobbs, Evan Ross, Laurence Fishburne
Jack Vermillon is a successful businessman, owner of a container ship company called Black Water Transit Company. But he is desperate to help his ex-junkie son who is being sent to a maximum security prison for trafficking and armed robbery.

Blown
Starring: Samuel L Jackson

In London, top MI5 agent Will Matlock faces off against a ruthless businessman with ties to an imminent terrorist attack.

Caught on Tape
Starring: Vivica A. Fox, Kel Mitchell, Cedric the Entertainer, Malik Yoba, Bokeem Woodbine

A little boy uses his video camera that he got for his birthday to spy on his mothers boyfriend who is plotting a crime.

Couples Retreat
Starring: Faizon Love, Tasha Smith

A comedy centered around four couples who settle into a tropical-island resort for a vacation. While one of the couples is there to work on the marriage, the others fail to realize that participation in the resort’s therapy sessions is not optional.

Fighting
Starring: Terrence Howard, Brian J. White
Failed street hustler Sean Arthur joins forces with almost-failed fight promoter Harvey Boarden. And with Harvey’s smarts and Sean’s fists, the two of them claw their way to the top of New York City’s illegal street fighting racket.

Hollywood and Wine
Starring: Vivica A. Fox

Diane Blaine has the face of a movie star. Unfortunately, fallen star/tabloid queen Jamie Stephens already made it famous. Hollywoods constant rejection due to what Diane refers to as “TJS” (“Too Jamie Stephens”) has made her bitter, frustrated….and, yes, whiny. Co-worker/boyfriend Jack Sanders doesn’t help matters. His idea of ambition is letting it ride. Now he’s in major debt to a trigger-happy mobster who, interestingly enough, has a thing for Jamie Stephens. Jack’s only way out? Convince Diane to be Jamie and wipe out the debt having one meal with a made man. It’s literally the performance of her life. With Jack’s on the line.

Hurricane Season
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Taraji P. Henson, Isaiah Washington, Bow Wow, Lil Wayne, Courtney Vance, Jackie Long
A year after Hurricane Katrina, Al Collins, a high school basketball coach in Marrero, Louisiana, assembles a team of players who had previously attended five different schools before the disaster and leads them on the path to the state championships.

Imagine That
Starring: Nicoel Ari Parker, Eddie Murphy, Vanessa Williams

Junkyard Dog
Starring: Viviica A. Fox

Junkyard Dog is a psychological thriller about an FBI Special Agent who travels to rural Tennessee to track down a college coed who’s been abducted by a serial killer.

Luke Cage
Directed by John Singleton
Starring: Tyrese Gibson

A wrongly convicted man, escaping from prison after gaining superhuman strength and endurance, becomes a superhero mercenary.

Mama, I Want to Sing
Starring: Ciara, Hill Harper, Lynn Whitfield, Ben Vereen, Kim Porter, Patti LaBelle, Juanita Bynum
Inspired by the hit off-Broadway play, Amara Winter, a strikingly beautiful and charismatic young singer, is on the verge of pop stardom. Raised in the church by her father, Reverend Dr. Kenneth Winter and mother, Lillian Winter, Amara and her younger brother Luke have a very strong bond. After her fathers untimely death, her mother is thrusts into the limelight in the role as preacher, a daring move that ultimately catapults her to the top of the gospel world. Paralleling her mothers success, Amara soon becomes a huge star in her own right, taking the pop music world by storm. Conflict begins to ensue when her mother is confronted with and unequivocally disapproves of Amara’s secular music and videos. Amara must learn to pursue her dreams while both navigating the often treacherous world of celebrity and striving to remain true to herself and family. Amara and her mother must work through their differences realizing that their journeys are not quite so different after all.

Mama Black Widow
Starring: Kerry Washington, Mos Def, Rihanna, Anthony Anderson, Macy Gray
Mama Black Widow is the portrait of a black family’s migration from the southern Mississippi fields of the segregated south to the ghettoized black underworld of Chicago during the 1930’s. The story follows Otis Tilson’s struggle to keep his family together as they navigate through a world of alcoholism, pimping, sexual deviation and racial degradation.

Miss Nobody
Starring: Vivica A. Fox

A mild-mannered secretary discovers that she has a talent for murder as she ascends the corporate ladder.

My Own Love Song
Starring: Forest Whitaker

A wheelchair-bound singer and her best friend embark on a roadtrip to Memphis.

Not Easily Broken
Written by TD Jakes
Starring: Morris Chestnut, Taraji P. Henson

After years of disagreeing on what true happiness, success, and love really are, Dave and Clarice Johnson have finally reached a breaking point in their marriage. When Clarice is hurt in a car accident, the obvious truth that more than just her injuries need immediate attention is exposed. Their odds of making it worsen as Clarice begins to see a physical therapist, and Dave develops a friendship with Julie and her teenage son Bryson. The acceptance and comfort he finds in them stirs his longing for a family and a passionate partner. As temptation tugs at Dave and Clarice pulls farther away, they must confront whether their vows are or are NOT EASILY BROKEN.

Once Fallen
Starring: Taraji P. Henson

Pastor Brown
Starring: Sall Richardson, Nicole Ari Parker, Rockmond Dunbar, Ernie Hudson, Tasha Smith, Tisha Campbell-Martin
Jessica “Jesse’ Brown, estranged from her family for many years, returns home to Atlanta to see her ailing father, a prominent pastor of one of the city’s oldest and most respected churches. On his deathbed, Pastor Joseph Brown asks his daughter to take over the church. But how will Jesse’s free-spirited nature and somewhat checkered past sit with the powers that be at Mt. Olive Baptist Church? Jesse faces numerous challenges: a teenage son, a jealous sister, an ambitious associate pastor and a blossoming romance with an Islamic man.

Pure Shooter
Starring: Lynn Whitfield, Christopher Williams
A young man with incredible basketball skills barely survives segregation, racism and an abusive father.

Red and Blue Marbles
Starring: Ruby Dee,

The Earth barely misses impact with a passing meteor roughly a quarter the size of the moon. The aftermath leaves the Earth off its axis by one degree. As the nights become longer, the planet begins to cool and mankind must decide if they want to stay on Earth or leave for their neighboring planet of Mars to start anew.

Red Sands
Starring: Leonard Roberts

During a mission in the Middle East, a group of US soldiers destroy a statue out of boredom only to then be visited by something the next day.

Red Soil
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Mykelti Williamson, Kimberly Elise, Tasha Smith
Persistent foreign influences from the IMF in the late 1990s caused a major shift in the agricultural sector of some countries in Africa. Subsequently, many farmers turned to child labor for their farms to maximize profit especially in the cocoa and chocolate sector. children were trafficked and kidnapped and held as slaves on cocoa plantations to produce cocoa for the chocolate industry. A practice called “Modern day Slavery. It is on one of this cocoa plantations that Officer Francis Tompson, a plantation owner and Julia, a retired nursing officer put aside their differences to help rescue 200 child slaves trapped on the plantation in the time of a tribal conflict. Based on true events in West Africa

Rendezvous with Rama
Starring: Morgan Freeman

The story is set in the 22nd century. A thirty-mile-long cylindrical starship is detected traveling on a course to pass through our solar system. A group of human explorers are selected and dispatched to intercept the ship in an attempt to discover it’s purpose, ascertain if there is any threat to Earth, and answer the mysterious questions regarding it’s origins and purpose. Because all extant names for Roman and Greek gods have been used on other newly-discovered celestial objects at this point, the Hindu god Rama is invoked in naming the object, which is originally mistaken to be a comet.

Repossession Mambo
Starring: Forest Whitaker, Yvette Nicole Brown

Set in the near future when artificial organs can be bought on credit, it revolves around a man who struggles to make the payments on a heart he has purchased. He must therefore go on the run before said ticker is repossessed.

Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson, James Earl Jones

Selling Time
Directed by: Spike Lee
A man is given the unique opportunity to relive the worst day of his life, in exchange for seven years off his own life expectancy.

Shark City
Starring: Vivica A. Fox

Dagen and Kenny, two best friends in their early 30’s and living in New York, are looking for love in all the wrong places. One of them finds his dream girl, who just happens to be the daughter of the biggest Mobster in town; and the other friend swindles her mob boss dad out of a million bucks.

Something Like a Business
Starring: Kevin Hart, Kym Whitley, J. Anthony Brown, Tasha Smith

Spring Break Down
Starring: Loretta Devine

The storyline revolves around three thirtysomething friends who break the monotony of their uninspired lives by vacationing on an island that’s a popular spring break getaway for college co-eds. One of the women works for a powerful senator whose daughter is one of those co-eds, only she’s as geeky as her chaperones.

State of Play
Starring: Viola Davis

Based on the BBC mini-series of the same title, a team of investigative reporters work alongside a police detective to try to solve the murder of a congressman’s mistress.

Street
Starring: Vivica A. Fox

The Crusaders
Starring: Terrence Howard,

A young lawyer becomes the only white member of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and works side by side with future Supreme Court justice Thurgood Marshall to outlaw segregation.

The Frog Princess
Voice work of: Keith David, Jenifer Lewis, Anika Noni Rose,
A fairy tale centered on a young girl named Princess Tiana who lives in New Orleans’ French Quarter during the Jazz Age.

The Human Factor
Starring: Morgan Freeman

A look at life for Nelson Mandela after the fall of apartheid in South Africa during his first term as president when campaigned to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event as an opportunity to unite his countrymen.

The Last Full Measure
Starring: Morgan Freeman, Laurence Fishburne
An ambitious government bureaucrat is given an unwelcome assignment that could harm his carefully orchestrated career.

The Middle of Nowhere
Starring: Sanaa Lathan, Phylicia Rashad, Idris Elba, Ruby Dee

The Perfect Age of Rock n Roll
Starring: Ruby Dee, Billy Dee Williams,

A rock star retreats to his hometown after his sophomore album flops.

The Spirit
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson
Rookie cop Denny Colt returns from the beyond as The Spirit, a hero whose mission is to fight against the bad forces in Central City.

The Tortured
Starring: Laurence Fishburne
An undercover FBI agent faces a moral dilemma when he’s asked to torture a member of one of the world’s most powerful crime syndicates.

The Trial of the Chicago 7
Starring: Will Smith, Taye Diggs, Connor Cruise

Thorns From a Rose
Starring: Vivica A. Fox
When a group of young adults convene to celebrate a friend’s documentary on mental health care, they have no idea that their past would return to haunt them. On the day of a doctor’s retirement, his severely traumatized mental patient, Robert Rose, escapes from his facility, fully determined to seek his version of justice upon the doctor who improperly diagnosed him and provided him with substandard care. On this journey he encounters his former “fellow” inmates, now convening to herald their friend’s accomplishment. The journey of Robert Rose leaves behind a path of blood and bodies and his determination to seek full retribution terrorizes a peaceful gathering in a small Arizona town, much to the chargin of the local sheriff.

Touissant
Starring: Don Cheadle. Mos Def, Angela Bassett, Patrick Rameau
Directed by Danny Glover. Historical action epic based on the life of Toussaint Louverture, who led a successful slave rebellion in the 18th century that sparked the Haitian Revolution.

Unthinkable
Starring: Samuel L. Jackson

A psychological thriller centered around a black-ops interrogator and an FBI agent who press a suspect terrorist into divulging the location of three nuclear weapons sets to detonate in the U.S.

Where the Wild Things Are
Starring: Forest Whitaker (voice)

An adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s classic children’s story, where Max, a disobedient little boy sent to bed without his supper, creates his own world–a forest inhabited by ferocious wild creatures that crown Max as their ruler.

Wonderful World
Starring: Sanaa Lathan
A bitter divorced man enters into a relationship with an African woman.

2010 Movies

4Chosen
Starring: Laurence Fishburne

Bury Me Standing
Starring: Alfre Woodward, Mos Def, Kerry Washington

Factor X
Starring: Terrence Howard

A young counterterrorism expert from Washington works with a Wichita police detective to solve the infamous case of the BTK serial killer who murdered people in Kansas from 1974-91 and was finally captured in 2005.

Inside Man 2
Director: Spike Lee
Starring: Denzel Washington

Mother and Child
Starring: Kerry Washington, Shareeka Epps
A drama centered around three women: A 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago, and an African American woman looking to adopt a child of her own.

Old Boy
Starring: Will Smith

An everyday man has only five days and limited resources to discover why he was imprisoned in a nondescript room for 15 years without any explanation.

Stride
Starring: Danny Glover, James Avery
Forced to flee 1930’s Chicago and the love of his life, legendary “Stride” pianist James “Honeybear” Powell eventually rolls into a small Midwestern town, where he earns his board playing at the local hangout in the black ghetto of Short Creek. The year is 1954.

The Book of Eli
Starring: Denzel Washington

A post-apocalyptic Western, in which a lone man fights his way across America in order to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets to saving humankind.

The Expendabales
Starring: Forest Whitaker

A team of mercenaries head to South America on a mission to overthrow a dictator.

The Incredible Shrinking Man
Starring: Eddie Murphy

An update version of the best-selling novel and blockbuster movie, it tells the story of Scott Carey who shrinks to an incredible small size and must face the danger that he runs into.

The Last Full Measure
Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Morgan Freeman (possibly)
An ambitious government bureaucrat is given an unwelcome assignment that could harm his carefully orchestrated career, to complete a long-unfinished report on whether the nation’s highest award for bravery should, after 40 years, be given to a fallen hero. His investigation leads him down a path he could not have imagined and changes his life and the lives of others in the process.

Time Share
Starring: Will Smith
When two families are booked for the same time share, both fathers (Cage and Smith) square off against one another.

Tulia
Directed by John Singleton
Starring: Halle Berry, Columbus Short

In Tulia, Texas, an attorney (Berry) works on behalf of a group of local black men who are wrongly convicted of their involvement in a drug ring.

Unstoppable
Starring: Denzel Washington
A rail company frantically works to prevent an unmanned, half-mile-long freight train carrying combustible liquids and poisonous gas from wiping out a city.

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Written by Symphony

December 16, 2007 at 4:51 pm

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  1. […] Upcoming Movies « Tradition of Excellence Sphere: Related Content […]

  2. Another black feature film in development is the Untitled Toussaint Film by Director Derick Alexander that is based upon his 2009, award-winning short film “The Last Days of Toussaint L’Ouverture.” You can see a clip of Toussaint’s last moments in prison from the short at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2468184/ The feature film is not connected with previous attempts by Danny Glover to make a film re: Toussaint.

    twf

    December 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm

  3. Thanks for sharing thoughts and writing this post. Looking forward to more of your stuff. Hopefully you update your website often since you have found a loyal visitor .

    Oleta Liley

    July 21, 2010 at 2:28 am


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