While Kwame Kilpatrick sits in prison, a new movie is in post production that loosely resembles the former mayor’s time in office.
Producer Wallace Reeves says this Michigan motion picture is about “a strong black man with a loving wife and a strong black woman.”
“It was real. It was raw. As they say in the street, we brought the pain,” said Minister Malik Shabazz.
It’s called “Scandal in the City: A Detroit Story”, and it is being produced by Alkey Entertainment Group and Skyline Studios.
“I wanted people to definitely be able to identify what the characters were going through in the movie,” Reeves said.
“Everybody all over the world just hearing different stuff about the city, and it was just perfect. Perfect timing. Perfect everything,” said movie producer Alfonzo Everett.
Now, there are some scenes that some people may see as similar to the Kwame Kilpatrick’s takedown. Could that be possible? Producers of the film say it’s not about the former mayor.
“I think there might be some similarity characterists, but it’s definitely a fictional movie,” said actress Crystal McKinney.
“It’s an urban story, an inner city story, 313 story,” Shabazz said.
There are no Hollywood hot shots in this screen play, but the film is full of hometown talent such as Shabazz, who is a community activist by day and night, but now add actor to his resume.
“I was asked to do it and I tried it, and I think I did well,” said Shabazz.
“I know a hit movie like I know a hit song. This is a home run for Detroit,” said Michael Dockery, president of Bungalo/Universal.
“What it shows about Detroit is that Detroiters have perseverance and that they can overcome all obstacles,” said Reeves.
This movie was made entirely in Michigan, but it is going national. The Bungalo/Universal red carpet release is coming in a few weeks, and the DVD will be available in stores soon.