After their first successful collaboration in A fall from grace, Tyler Perry and Netflix continue their partnership with another ambitious feature film: The blues of a jazzman. The film is a favorite project of Perry and was the first screenplay he ever wrote 26 years ago. After trying to make it for two decades, he finally found the perfect Netflix partners to produce.
The blues of a jazzman will be written and directed by Perry, who is best known for projects such as the character of Madea in several of his films, House de Payne, The Oval, and more.
Perry has spoken about the film several times in the past and recently commented on this partnership with Netflix:
“I’ve waited a quarter of a century to tell this story, and now is the perfect time and Netflix is the perfect partner. It’s my labor of love; the one I want to do more than anything.
The film was notably on the Lionsgate slate in 2006.
Producer Michelle Sneed, a longtime Perry collaborator, will also work on this project as an executive producer.
It’s not believed to be the only Tyler Perry project to be in development at Netflix. In December 2021, we reported that Netflix was currently working on a brand new, untitled movie starring Perry.
It adds to the producer’s other Netflix slate available on the service, including A Homecoming Madea, A fall from grace, and fatal case. Perry also starred in Don’t look up.
What is the plot of The blues of a jazzman?
The blues of a jazzman is set in the post-WWII South, where a young black jazz singer leaves his rural town in search of fame.
The film’s timeline will span from 1937 to 1987 and delve deep into the characters’ past, present, and future, resulting in some very interesting storytelling. Here is the official logline of the film:
“Set from 1937 to 1987, an investigation into an unsolved murder uncovers a story full of forbidden love, deception and a secret held for 40 years.”
The film will have an R rating, according to reports.
who is thrown into The blues of a jazzman?
In March 2021, relative newcomers Joshua Boone (Wheels, premature) and Solea Pfeiffer (The good fight, curb your enthusiasm) were announced to play the lead roles.
Both have experience in theatrical work and singing, with Pfeiffer playing the role of Elza Hamilton in the acclaimed musical hamiltonThe American tour of. No other casting has been announced at this time.
Originally, in 1995, Tyler Perry intended for the film to star himself, Will Smith, Halle Berry, Diana Ross and Ben Kingsley. He commented on this in a recent interview:
“I got older because the characters are all in their 20s, so I’m looking for this new talent, new fresh faces who have committed to the craft and are incredible actors to play these roles.
Since then, we have had confirmation of many more actors and actresses who will be appearing. They understand:
- Ryan Eggold (BlacKkKlansman)
- milauna jackson (Dexter)
- E. Roger Mitchell as Buster (Hunger Games – Catching Fire)
- Amirah Vann (clandestinely)
- Lauren Buglioli (The oval)
- Brent Antonello (TO CRUSH)
- austin scott as Willie Earl (Laid)
- Cody Pressley as Mr. Lincoln (The first lady)
What is the production status of The blues of a jazzman?
Manufacturing for The blues of a jazzman started in May 2021 and in true Tyler Perry style, it only lasted a few weeks. Filming wrapped on June 2, 2021.
It was filmed entirely in Atlanta, Georgia and Savannah, according to local reports.
Other local reports indicate that the film took over the city and was shot around “Cotton Avenue, Second Street, Mulberry Street and Cherry Street”.
Of course, some of the filming also took place at Tyler Perry Studios.
After filming wrapped, Perry took to social media to talk about what the project meant to him:
“About 26 years ago, I was struggling and not sure if I would be able to break into the entertainment business. I had managed to sneak (because I was broke) into a play called Seven Guitars, and I had the chance to speak with the great August Wilson at an after party. I didn’t know how he would receive me because the kind of plays I was doing weren’t Broadway, but he was so kind, encouraging and inspiring that I went home and wrote my very first screenplay. I called it A Jazzman’s Blues”,
When The blues of a jazzman release on Netflix?
by Netflix The blues of a jazzman has yet to officially announce a release date, but it has been included in the 2022 release schedule.
The film will debut at Martha’s Vineyard African American Film Fest, which is scheduled to take place in August 2022.
According to Tyler Perry’s website:
“This year, Tyler Perry will premiere his highly anticipated film ‘A Jazzman’s Blues’ at the festival, with a series of clips and a conversational presentation scheduled for Saturday, August 6 at 8 p.m.”
We also learn that the film is targeting a Netflix release in September 2022, with a preliminary release date set for September 23, 2022.
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