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Steven Spielberg, Oprah Winfrey team up for 'The Color Purple' movie musical

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and are joining hands to bring "The Color Purple" to the big screen, but this time, as a musical.

The project will be developed at Warner Bros, Variety reported.

and are also on board to produce the movie.

The announcement comes 36 years after Alice Walker's novel "The Color Purple" was published and won the Pulitzer Prize.

The new version is currently in early development with a cast, and writers yet to be locked.

Directed and produced by Spielberg, the 1985 movie followed Whoopi Goldberg's Celie, a black Southern woman in the early 20th Century who is abused by her father and husband.

The was Winfrey's feature debut. Both she and Goldberg received nominations in Best Supporting and Best categories, respectively.

It received rave reviews and went on to bag nods but was shut out from winning an

The musical, with a book by playwright Marsha Norman, opened on Broadway in 2005 and earned 11 Tony nominations.

Stephen Bray, and scored the musical and penned the lyrics.

The 2016 revival, starring Cynthia Erivo, won two Tonys, including best musical revival. Sanders produced the revival.

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First Published: Sun, November 04 2018. 15:55 IST