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Relativity Buys Kevin Costner-Starrer 'Black Or White'

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity is wrapping a deal to acquire U.S. rights to Black Or White, the Mike Binder-directed drama that stars Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. A racially charged drama that created strong buzz when it premiered at Toronto under the title Black And White. That title couldn’t be cleared, which is why it changed to “Or.” The film will be released in time to qualify for the Oscar race. That could mean a platform before year’s end, but those details are being worked out. Relativity will release the film through its newly formed multcultural division.

Relativity Studios logoThe drama is inspired by the true story of a grieving widower, who is also an angry alcoholic (Costner), and his struggle to retain custody of the young mixed-race granddaughter he and his recently deceased wife were raising. Spencer co-stars as the grandmother on the opposite side of the dispute. Gillian Jacobs, Jennifer Ehle, and Anthony Mackie also star. Binder wrote the script and Costner, Binder and Todd Lewis produced, with Cassian Elwes, Robert Ogden Barnum and Jacob Pechenik exec producing.

This is the third project Relativity has acquired this fall after the Halle Berry thriller Kidnap and The Woman In Black 2: Angel Of Death. The latter just got its new title and its release date has been moved up a couple weeks to January 2, 2015.

    1. Ummm, no. It’s because of the subject matter of the film and should appeal to a wider black and white (multicultural) audience.

  1. Amazing film! Can’t wait for audiences in America to see this film. It is one of the most earnest multi cultural stories I have seen in years. Mike Binder, Kevin Costner, and the team knocked it out of the park.

  2. Is anyone at Relativity aware that even having a “multicultural division” implies just how racist all the other divisions must be?

  3. I look forward to Kevin Costner’s movies and how he take such interest in every movie he plays in. When I watch him, it’s like he really feels the part. When you look into his eyes, there is “feelings” and he so concerned and serious of who he is, and what his position is to the person he is involved with. I can watch him all day. He is a man who knows himself and who appreciates life. Seriously!

  4. Regarding this movie’s credits. It amazes me how movie credits are given to very insignificant roles, such as a pizza delivery person or a caterer. Yet, someone decided not to give the names of all the seven little actresses that portrayed the nieces of Olivia Spencer’s character, Rowena.

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