ENGL 300: The Graphic Novel George Mason University (Spring 2011)


It’s all about the Benjamins

I'm responding to Daynee's post on why hollywood hasn't made a movie on Nat Turner yet. While I agree that it would make a great film, Hollywood is very picky about what it makes. It's funny to think that shitty movies that come out every year are the creme of the crop, but for the most part it's true. Any way, those movies that come out are usually cookie cutter movies that have the same plot and are guaranteed to make a lot of money. That's why this year there are 27 sequels coming out. It's because Nat Turner is not very well know that there isn't a blockbuster made about him. I'm not saying that it wouldn't be a good idea to make one (I think it would make a great film), but that's not hollywoods game. It would make too much sense.

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  1. Also there is the controversy over how to respond to Nat Turner’s violent actions which would more than likely scare a good number of viewers away. Remember that unlike, say Frederick Douglas, contemporary history doesn’t portray Turner as a heroic figure.

    • You’re right that he’s not seen as a heroic figure. But it is Hollywood/a movie and that gives room for a lot of interpretation. The movie doesn’t have to be historically true. It could take bits and pieces from history but make something completely different than what actually happened.

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