His approach was admittedly a bit unorthodox: "I wanted to turn Harriet Tubman's life, which I’d studied in college, into an action-adventure movie," Howard said in a recent interview with Focus Features, adding that his goal was to make Tubman into a superhero. "For me, this film is my valentine to black women.
But unorthodox doesn't even begin to cover it when it comes to the idea that Howard said a studio executive floated in a meeting about the film in 1994. "The climate in Hollywood, however, was very different back then," Howard continued. "I was told how one studio head said in a meeting, 'This script is fantastic.
She returned to slaveholding states nearly 20 times to help dozens of others escape slavery, long after she herself had escaped to the North. (You can read more about the real-life story behind Harriet, which is the first feature film to center solely around her story, here. ) Skilled as she may be, Roberts, is a white woman.
Harriet, which tells the story of Harriet Tubman, only hit screens at the start of the month, but it's been decades in the making; the film's screenwriter and producer, Gregory Allen Howard, has been working on it for a full 26 years.
Let's get Julia Roberts to play Harriet Tubman. ' When someone pointed out that Roberts couldn’t be Harriet, the executive responded, "It was so long ago.
Thankfully, the film's titular role ultimately went to Cynthia Erivo, and the film finally made it to the big screen. (Howard credits the box office success of 2013's 12 Years a Slave and 2018's Black Panther for paving the way. ) Thanks to a new article in the L. A.
The idea of Julia Roberts playing Harriet Tubman has officially set Twitter on fire. https://t.co/Z1gK9aOah4— W Magazine (@wmag) November 20, 2019