George Lucas, creator of the Star Wars franchise, produced Red Tails and put up $93M of his own money. Anthony Hemingway (Community) directs it. Additionally, Aaron McGruder (Boondocks) teams up with John Ridley (Undercover Brother) to write the screenplay.
Red Tailsis the story of the courageous Tuskegee Airmen during World War II. The film stars Terrance Howard and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Even Method Man and Ne-yo are reported to appear in the film.
There have been black producers and directors who have tried their hand at bringing big budget films with all black casts to theaters, but the results have been mixed. Spike Lee, for example, knows about this struggle for funding. Red Tails will be released January 20, 2012 and will be ineligible for an Academy Award.
This film is going to be a winner!