Speaking recently on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show, George Lucas, the executive producer and writer of the all-Black cast $58 million budget movie, Red Tails, jokingly said,
“This has been held up for release since 1942 since it was shot, I’ve been trying to get released ever since I showed it to all of them and they said no. We don’t know how to market a movie like this because it’s an all-black movie. There’s no major white role in it at all. It’s one of the first all-black action movies ever made.”
Lucas also added that he footed the bill himself because it was important to him in getting the film out there. One of Lucas’ goals, at least, according to him, was to make the film for African-American teenage boys to show their real heroes and real role models outside of the Jay-Zs and Michael Jordans.
Lucas further added that having Red Tails do well at the box office has him worried about what impact it could have on the success of future films with all black casts. He went on by saying, “I realized that by accident I’ve now put the black film community at risk,” Lucas said. “I’m saying, if this doesn’t work, there’s a good chance you’ll stay where you are for quite a while. It’ll be harder for you guys to break out of that mold. But if I can break through with this movie, then hopefully there will be someone else out there saying let’s make a prequel and sequel, and soon you have more Tyler Perrys out there.”
Red Tails is an epic movie based on the exploits and accomplishments of the famed World War II military aviators – The Tuskegee Airmen. The Tuskegee Airmen were a crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program. Having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, they were called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.
Starring in the movie are Academy Award-winning actor Cuba Gooding, Jr., Academy Award-nominated actor and Chicago native Terrence Howard, acclaimed actor Nate Parker and R&B singer-songwriter-producer Ne-Yo.
Meanwhile in Chicago, The Chicago “DODO” Chapter of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (CDCTAI) in partnership with Lucasfilm, Ltd, VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, Chicago Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and Inner City Entertainment will host a multi-event program January 15th, 16th and 21stt to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen and promote the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen. The program includes a special advance screening of Lucasfilm’s Red Tails.
CDCTAI is also planning to show the Tuskegee Airmen documentary Double Victory to 1000 students at the ICE Chatham Theatre in Chicago on Martin Luther King day, Monday, January 16th.
All youth attending the documentary will receive FREE tickets to see Red Tails on opening or a subsequent weekend. Contact Vince Saunders at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ken Rapier, (773)-879-2698 for additional information.