Speaking for myself I don't think it's a "white hope" move. But! There is not enough BLACK folks supporting black films and as a result many GOOD black stories don't get TOLD! I just want them TOLD. And told with truth....doesn't matter what race the producer. As a matter of fact, the film COLOR PURPLE wouldn't have gotten its props....if we had waited for a so-called BLACK producer to film it -wasn't gotta happen. And that was an epic film. I ain't waiting no more..that is for black film producers to get off their azzes and film our stories. Nope! Plus! There's a money factor as well. Black celebrities are CHEAP about the Black experience. And don't wanna come outta their pockets. Cuz why? As artists they STILL have no vision. Tragic.
I remember Spike getting his boxer in a bunch when he had trouble producing Malcolm X. That shouldn't have EVER happened cuz of ALL the black celebrities at the time with money coming outta their booties....but! It did. So until we stop playa hatin and support our own stuff....this will continue to occur. Cuz I am more than sure a lot of stories in our history WILL never get told-just cuz the facts I just mentioned i.e. we are cheap with ourselves. Cuz be sure Will Smith aint thinkin about black history and he got the dollars to do ANY film, anytime...even if he went independent. I'm talking tellin our stories not this sci-fi or only in your imagination never in real life bullshit stories. There are so many BLACK snobs in the movie industry who don't wanna let go of their dollars to produce black movies about our contribution to this country...cuz why? They are worried about massa coming to see 'em and giving his thumbs up...instead of having VISION and seeking truth. [Geez. There's that word again. Vision.] And doing it anyway [filming our stories] to ensure that one: it gets told and two: it will be in OUR library of films [archives] so that the legacy of our history can be viewed by OUR offsprings generationally, But! We don't think that far in the future and that's our problem. Even if these [potenital] films go on the B market that only MEANS folks will have better and faster chance of seeing them in their livingrooms. And that's a BIGGER audience base. But! Duh...again black folks dont think that far in the future. And this nonthinking pattern has been our achilles' heel since slavery. But!