CHICAGO – Two new Tubi Originals are coming to the free streaming platform, courtesy of a film production giant and an NBA legend.
FOX’s free and ad-supported streaming service has entered into an agreement to produce several projects in partnership with Village Roadshow Entertainment Group as part of its new “Black Noir Cinema” initiative. First, two films will be produced by NBA MVP Kevin Garnett and legendary director / producer Oz Scott (“Black Lightning”, “SWAT”).
Garnett moved into production after making his film debut acting himself in black comedy with Adam Sandler “Uncut Gems”. In conjunction with Village Roadshow Entertainment, Garnett’s production company Content Cartel will help direct two new original Tubi films, one titled “Cinnamon” and the other tentatively titled “Murder City”.
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According to a press release: “‘Cinnamon’ follows a struggling small town gas station attendant with big dreams whose life is turned upside down after a fatal crime in this crossover crime thriller.”
Written and directed by award-winning emerging filmmaker Bryian Montgomery, the film is in pre-production with an ongoing casting and is slated to begin filming in Atlanta early next year.
Meanwhile, âMurder Cityâ is expected to star Mike Colter (âLuke Cageâ, âEvilâ). It is “a gripping contemporary criminal story of a disgraced ex-cop who finds himself working for a ruthless kingpin to pay off his ex-father’s debt and protect his family.”
Directed by Michael D. Olmos (“Windows on the World”, “Bedrooms”), “Murder City” is set to begin production in 2022 with more casting announcements expected shortly.
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“The powerful creative partnership forged between FOX, Village Roadshow, Kevin and Oz will expand Tubi’s rich Black Cinema collection, which is one of the largest free online movie offerings of its kind and among our most popular content categories. “, explained Adam Lewinson, Tubi’s chief content officer.
âAs we continue to develop Tubi’s original content offerings, we remain focused on spotlighting emerging talent and celebrating fresh, authentic storytelling that reflects diverse experiences and perspectives to better serve our current audience,â nearly half of which are viewers who identify as multicultural. “
According to Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment at FOX Entertainment, âFOX Entertainment has a long history of diversity in the stories we tell and the characters we present, and we are honored to build on this legacy by welcoming independent film giant Village Roadshow. to create this dynamic new content for our growing Tubi audience. “
More from Tubi’s Black Cinema collection – streaming for free!
Proud mary (2018): Taraji P. Henson directs this elegant action thriller about a successful woman of steel who finds herself protecting a young teenager with a complicated past. Classified R. 89 minutes. Real: Babak Najafi. Also presenting Neal mcdonough, Danny glover, Marguerite Avery, Billy Brown
Beyond the lights (2014): This painfully beautiful coming-of-age romance about a pop star named Noni (Gugu Mbatha-Raw) is an ode to setting boundaries and not letting anyone control you, even the people who raised you. Classified PG-13. 116 minutes. Real: Gina Prince Bythewood. Features also Nate parker, Minnie Pilot, Danny glover.
sorry to disturb you (2018): Critics of capitalism are no sharper – or more absurdly hilarious – than in this proudly bizarre dark comedy from director, rapper, and communist activist Boots Riley. Classified R. 112 minutes. Director: Riley Boots. With Lakeith stanfield, Tessa thompson, Steven yeun, Army hammer, Omari hardwick, Danny glover.
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