Fox Searchlight Gives Up on Black Movies
Fox Searchlight is struggling in its efforts to produce films that appeal to urban audiences and according to the LA Times’ 24 Frames, the company is looking to tweak its efforts. Fox Searchlight is pulling back for the time being from its efforts at producing black-themed films after its recent mediocre results.
The most notable film that will be immediately affected by Fox’s decision is the romantic film Baggage Claim. The movie told the story of a thirty something flight attendant’s search for Mr. Right and was supposed to star Taraji P. Henson. The film was an adaptation of David E. Talbert’s novel, who was also set to write and direct for the project. The move by Fox is particularly devastating to Baggage Claim as many thought the film had a strong built-in fan base and a plot that could pull in other audiences.
Recent films like Queen Latifah’s Just Wright and the marital comedy Our Family Wedding starring Forest Whitaker played a big role in Fox Searchlight’s decision. Both films grossed only $20 million each this spring at the domestic box office.