Yesterday, my rave review of Judas and the Black Messiah was posted. After weeks of singing its praises, I finally put virtual pen to virtual paper and explained why. Beyond the terrific experience of watching the film, hearing how it was made has long been interesting. On two podcasts (here and here), co-writer Keith Lucas guested and spoke about it all. Now, we have an interview with writer Will Berson to hear his side of it as well. Along with filmmaker Shaka King, his initial script was a core part of why this turned into such a special flick. Today, you get to hear more about it all.
Below, you can hear my conversation with Berson. As you might imagine, the development of his movie is what we focus on quite a bit. That being said, we also tackle the state of the cinematic world. Berson has contributed to a high quality screenplay, so listening to him detail it all is a real enjoyable experience. In my review of the film (found right here), I had this to say about Berson’s work:
The screenplay, penned by Will Berson and King, with Story By credits going to Keith Lucas and Kenny Lucas, deftly weaves two tales together. Some of the supporting characters are given the short end of the stick, but with how well-realized Hampton and O’Neil are, it’s hard to muster up too much in the way of complaints. The four writers, coming together to merge two screenplay ideas into one sterling script, hone in on the anger and pain inherent in the story. In doing that, while keeping things cinematically entertaining, they more than achieve their goals.
Here now is my interview with Judas and the Black Messiah writer Will Berson. Enjoy:
Judas and the Black Messiah is in theaters and on HBO Max starting tomorrow!