John Singleton & More on Books Turned Movies

Tyrese, Taraji P. Henson, and John Singleton join forces once again for the sequel to Baby Boy. Online research noted that Jody and Evette will be non-existent characters in the second version. Instead, “[a]ccording to Moviehole, “Fight for Love” [the sequel’s title] has Gibson and Henson playing Sir and Cookie, another struggling couple – this time dealing with two kids, disapproving parents and a number of external forces working against them.” Every other site that posted this story used that exact quote. Just call me Miss Me Too.

Virginia DeBerry and Donna Grant’s book turned movie Far From the Tree is set to begin production this fall as well. The writing duo also noted on their website that their other novel, Trying to Sleep in the Bed You Made, should also be independently released this fall. Straight to DVD maybe? No word on that one. They write:

We are in the early stages of producing Tryin’ to Sleep in the Bed You Made the MOVIE!!!! It will be an independent feature film–and we are hopeful for a release late in 2008–to follow up the January 2008 publication of the Tryin’ sequel, Gotta Keep on Tryin’. We have joined forces with two dynamic women to form 4 Colored Girls Productions. We are “artistic” producers–and our nuts and bolts, hands on producers are both young women with film experience who have wanted to make this movie since the book came out in 1997! We have many pieces of this project already in place, including the commitment of an award winning actress to play one of the lead roles. We’re quickly finding out that making a movie is a process that has it’s own universe, and moreover, that while making an independent feature gives you the latitude and control to make the movie YOU WANT as opposed to what the studios decide we should have, it is also its own special brand of insanity. But—other people do it–every day, Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, and most recently, Tyler Perry–so why shouldn’t we?! (Read more . . .)

In other books turned movies news, a couple of new film trailers are now available. Maybe they’ve been available for sometime now, who knows? Check out the trailers for James McBride’s Mircale at St. Anna and Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees below. Information provided by and

Distributor: Touchstone Pictures (Disney)
Director: Spike Lee
Screenwriter: James McBride
Cast: Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Matteo Sciabordi, John Leguizamo, Joseph Gordon Levitt

Synopsis: “Miracle at St. Anna” chronicles the story of four black American soldiers who are members of the US Army as part of the all-black 92nd “Buffalo Soldier” Division stationed in Tuscany, Italy during World War II. They experience the tragedy and triumph of the war as they find themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit after one of them risks his life to save an Italian boy. Directed by Spike Lee from a screenplay written by James McBride, the author of the acclaimed novel of the same name, the film explores a deeply inspiring, powerful story drawn from true history, that transcends national boundaries, race, and class to touch the goodness within us all.

Release Date: October 17, 2008
Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
Director: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Screenwriter: Gina Prince-Bythewood
Cast: Queen Latifah, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Hudson, Sophie Okonedo, Alicia Keys, Paul Bettany, Hilarie Burton, Nate Parker, Tristan Wilds

Synopsis: Set in South Carolina in 1964, the film is the moving tale of Lily Owens (Fanning) a 14 year-old girl who is haunted by the memory of her late mother (Burton). To escape her lonely life and troubled relationship with her father (Bettany), Lily flees with Rosaleen (Hudson), her caregiver and only friend, to a South Carolina town that holds the secret to her mother’s past. Taken in by the intelligent and independent Boatwright sisters (Latifah, Okonedo and Keys), Lily finds solace in their mesmerizing world of beekeeping, honey and the Black Madonna.

I have nothing else for you. Happy reading, ya’ll!


4 thoughts on “John Singleton & More on Books Turned Movies

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  2. I loved secret life of bees. I listened to the book on tape. It was excellent. The cast looks great. I was a bit taken aback by Alicia Keys.. but I am sure she will do a good job.


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