Friday, August 23, 2013

Producer hopes to bring the Black Gay novel, 'Invisible Life' to the screen


After some lawsuits and some setbacks, we may see the work of acclaimed writer, E. Lynn Harris on the big screen. Producer Proteus Spann has been working hard to get the 1994 novel Invisible Life on stage and screen, but with a number of setbacks it didn't seem likely.

Now according to THR, the project seems to ready to move forward. Proteus is excited and ready to go. The film is set to be produced by his company, Spann’s E2 Productions and with Tracey Edmonds’ company Edmonds Entertainment. It's been a long time coming with this project. I hope they update the story a bit to fit the current times, but I'm sure it will be okay.

And I'm happy to hear about Proteus' drive and determination to make this happen. I hope he continues to get Invisible Life on the screen... Oh, and I hope Tyler Perry has NO part in the film what-so-ever.

Anywho, good luck, Proteus. I've got your back.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I am wondering how E. Lynn Harris' book will look on film: will we get yet another misrepresentation of so-called "down-low brothas" as THE cause of HIV/AIDS infections in black women?

When Mr. Harris' first novel came out in the early 90s, many (including and especially straight black women) were drawn to it. It was a very entertaining read. Several of his later books, also about what we now call "down-low" men, were also entertaining.

In 2004, however, activist writer J.L. King came out with his book about the "down-low" and changed forever how straight black women look at closeted bisexual black men. King basically blamed closeted black gay/bisexual men for the HIV/AIDS epidemic among black women. And it has been a train wreck for black gay and bisexual men ever since.

My question is how will a film of E. Lynn Harris' closeted bisexual black men deal with this social calamity for black gay and bisexual men?

Ed