Anthony Mackie is one of Hollywood’s most in-demand actors right now, with projects spanning cinema, television, theatrical releases, streaming exclusives, and more, but he’s still found time to add another string to his bow. The actor will make his feature-length directing debut on Spark, which stars Saniyya Sidney as Claudette Colvin, one of the Civil Rights era’s more unsung pioneers. Colvin made national headlines when she was jailed at the age of fifteen in Alabama for refusing to give up her bus seat, nine months before Rosa Parks.
Niceole R. Levy is penning the screenplay, and she’s no stranger to Mackie, having previously written the screenplay for George Nolfi’s true-life thriller The Banker. Colvin’s life rights have been secured, and the company is working directly with her family to produce the project, so we know it will be an accurate portrayal of the 82-year old narrative.
It is truly an honour to have my narrative recreated, by Mr. Mackie, for future generations to learn about our past so that they may continue forward knowing that development is possible, and things do get better,” Colvin said of the project. I could never have known 67 years ago, when history cemented me to the seat of that bus in Montgomery, that standing up for my rights would ignite a movement that would change the course of history, Colvin continued. I hope that my story inspires young people to keep fighting for civil rights and human dignity.
The only challenge would be finding time in Mackie’s schedule to shoot Spark, given the number of projects he currently has on his plate. In addition to his upcoming Captain America film, the 43-year-old has historical actioner Desert Warrior, a live-action Twisted Metal TV series, and Netflix’s occult thriller We Have a Ghost on the way.
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