Soopa Starr’s Blaxploitation Friday: Black Dynamite

blame it on Meka January 23, 2009

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Knowing my affinity for Blaxploitation movies, my coworker Rob the Music Ed im’d me a link to today’s movie, back in October.


That’s right, 2009! First there was I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, then Jackie Brown, so it’s about time there was a millennium version of a blaxploitation genre tribute. In the tradition of Willie Dynamite and Black Belt Jones, Michael Jai White (hellooooooo nurse!) stars as Black Dynamite

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I didn’t post it in October because back then there weren’t too many details. But I found out yesterday that not only did it receive standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival (good looking out Matt B.), but Sony Pictures picked it up for about $2 million. There is no official release date but I’m excited. Staring at Michael Jai White on screen for 90 minutes is more than welcome. 

Michael Jai White co-wrote the screenplay and co-produced the story. 


P.S. Speaking of paying homage, Entertainment Weekly reported back in 2001 that LL Cool J was tapped to star in a remake of Dolemite. I haven’t since heard anything more about that, have you?