If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? Though I Am Not Your Negro didn't win the best documentary Oscar last month, it's still one of the most successful docs at the 2017 box office (grossing over $6 million already), and continues to inspire audiences with James Baldwin's decades-old words (through an uncanny voiceover by Samuel L. Jackson), which have a remarkable relevance to current events.
So naturally, Hollywood is eager to duplicate the film's success with a new documentary about another revered black legend whose left an indelible mark on both society and entertainment. CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY, written and directed by John Scheinfeld, is the first authorized documentary on the 1950s-60s jazz icon, featuring never-before-seen family home movies, footage of Coltrane and his band in the studio, along with hundreds of exclusive photographs and rare television appearances from around the world. It also includes interviews with Coltrane's children, as well as musicians and notable figures inspired by his work (Common, Dr. Cornel West, President Bill Clinton, Carlos Santana, Wynton Marsalis, and more).
And—wait for it—Denzel Washington does the voiceover.
Check out the official synopsis:
I can get behind this. While this is becoming a trend, it's good to see Hollywood using authentic documentaries to tell the stories of notable black figures, instead of trying to recreate shoddy narrative features with terrible casts. Just saying.
CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY opens in theaters in New York on April 14 and Los Angeles on April 21, with a national rollout in top markets to follow.