What Could We Expect from a "Precious" Sequel?

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Sapphire has released her next novel, a sequel to her famous novel, Push---which was made into "Precious," a film featuring breakout star, Gabby Sidibe. The Kid is the story of Abdul, Precious' son born of incest---and the life he's led as a child whose entire world has been mired in poverty and abuse. It's not a pretty story. And although there's been no talk (yet) of the book's potential to be played out on film, the implications are huge. Hollywood eats sequels for breakfast. And Sapphire's latest novel has all the makings of a huge ticket-seller. But not all hype is good hype. Seeing "The Kid" on screen might just present a mixed bag of results.

"Precious" sequel = More graphic action?

According to an interview with Sapphire, there are elements of the novel that are apparently too graphic to bear. People will criticize her (and filmmakers) for failing to revealing any hope in a horrible situation, while setting scenes of "gratuitous" sex or violence. `However, Sapphire claims that the unfortunate events in The Kid are necessary to show the world that these children often fall through the cracks.

The film would feature only a few cameos from Precious (actress Gabby Sidibe).

It's been hinted that Precious ultimately succumbs to AIDS. As fate would have it, this is the catalyst for all the hard-core incidents fans will read about in The Kid. Outside of a few flashbacks, and maybe a dream sequence or two, Gabby's role in the sequel would probably be limited.

Oscar talk just might be brutal.

Precious scored an Oscar for actress/comedienne Mo'Nique, and earned international recognition as a highly controversial, yet emotional film. But two Oscar nods may be a little too "obvious" for this series. Some critics of "Precious" deemed the storyline incredibly bleak and exploitative. Don't be surprised if some don't consider Academy Award talk about the sequel too indulgent. After all, what is the Academy celebrating---the superb telling of a moving story, or the ability to exploit moral degradation for the sake of art?

The New Black Film Revolution

Whether fans and critics hate or love "Precious," movies like this get people talking. That talk only buzzes louder when a person of color makes a film starring people of color. Film enthusiasts are growing exhausted with weather-beaten comedies and plastic romantic dramas. The desire for a bit of diversity in black filmmaking is fed when directors step outside the box to highlight unpopular topics. Perhaps a "Precious" sequel might seem like overkill to some. But as a result, maybe more black filmmakers would take chances with some of the stories they tell.

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