*Adult Swim has given a series order to “Black Jesus,” a half-hour live-action scripted comedy from “The Boondocks” creator Aaron McGruder.
The show stars newcomer Gerald “Slink” Johnson (“Grand Theft Auto V”) as Jesus living in present-day Compton, CA on a daily mission to spread love and kindness throughout the neighborhood with the help of his small but loyal group of downtrodden followers, reports Deadline.com.
“Black Jesus” co-stars Charlie Murphy, Corey Holcomb and John Witherspoon. Production has begun in Los Angeles for a premiere later this year.
*Aaron McGruder is working on a live action movie spin-off of his cartoon “The Boondocks” and he’s hoping to raise the funds from fans online, reports WENN.
McGruder has been planning a version of the comedy centered around self-hating handyman Uncle Ruckus, voiced by “Weeds” actor Gary Anthony Williams, but instead of shopping the project to film executives at Sony Studios, which produces “The Boondocks,” the creator is turning to fans to help him reach his target of $200,000.
A message posted on the Kickstarter.com crowd funding site on Wednesday reads: “There’s always been interest in a live-action Boondocks movie, which to me was out of the question considering Huey and Riley are essentially impossible to cast. The animated feature would cost around 20 million, but a live action Uncle Ruckus movie could cost a fraction of that.
“So just for the hell of it we had the costume made and it was pretty amazing. To see Gary actually transform into Uncle Ruckus… It’s quite the surreal experience. I never expected the transition to be so completely seamless.”
In exchange for donations, fans have been offered merchandise from the show, including T-shirts, DVDs, posters and photos.
At press time, the film already had 319 investors, raising more than $11,300. The campaign ends on March 1.
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EUR MOTIVATIONAL NOTE
“Where you will sit when you are old shows where you stood in youth” – African Proverb
May 29: Singer Rebbie Jackson is 62. Singer LaToya Jackson is 56. Singer Jayski McGowan of Quad City DJ’s is 45. Cartoonist Aaron McGruder (”Boondocks”) is 38. Singer Melanie Brown (”Scary Spice”) of the Spice Girls is 37. Rapper Playa Poncho is 37.
May 29, 1851: Sojourner Truth delivers her infamous “Ain’t I A Woman?” speech to the Ohio Women’s Rights Convention. (Source: www.BlackFacts.com)
*Who can’t get enough of “The Boondocks?” Raise your hand.
Regina King, star voice for the adult animation series, said in a recent interview that the series is on its way back for season 4.
Her report, however, is in direct opposition to Cartoon Network and Adult Swim’s announcement that season 3 was it.
“I talked to Aaron [McGruder, the series creator] and it looks like they’re working things out. I’m trying to be positive,” Regina told Sway on Shade 45. “Because you know you say one thing, and the next thing you know it just all fell apart.”
Overall, she’s pretty confident the show is making a come back.
She also revealed there are plans to bring the cartoon to a full-length film series.
“Aaron is thinking about a movie. I’m pretty sure he’s done a rough draft of where you would want the movie to go,” Regina revealed in an interview with Shade 45. “And I think he’s been talking to some financiers and you just might see that.”
*Actor Elijah Kelley (pictured) is flexing his artistic abilities and recently shocked the film world with his role in “Red Tails.”
But his responsibilities reached further than memorizing a script. Kelley actually penned the theme song, “Light Years.”
“The song embodies the mood of the movie and what it stands for. I was able to craft the track and write the song in a way that I really feel pay homage to the Airmen. I hope that we can push it so that it lives beyond the movie and goes on to do well,” Kelley told The Boombox.
The multi-talented artist not only wrote it, but he produced and performed the song.
“Red Tails” raked in $44 million over the past two weekends, although not quite catching up with Lucas’s $90 million spent.
The 2012 spin of the Tuskegee Airmen story also stars Terrence Howard, Ne-Yo and Method Man. It was also co-written by “Boondocks” creator Aaron McGruder.