- Michael Jai White takes on writing, directing, and lead role in upcoming action-comedy The Outlaw Johnny Black
- Film is a spiritual follow-up to the 2009 cult film Black Dynamite
- White emphasizes the importance of making a movie that resonates with the current times
Multi-talented actor Michael Jai White recently opened up about his experiences in writing, directing, and starring in the lead role of the highly anticipated action-comedy film, The Outlaw Johnny Black. As a spiritual follow-up to the 2009 cult classic Black Dynamite, White aims to produce a movie that resonates with current times.
Despite the heavy workload of managing numerous responsibilities in the production of the film, White seems enthusiastic about the challenge. He expressed, “I’m happier being in a creative control position than I am just being an actor.” By taking on the roles of writer, director, and lead actor, White gets to shape the film according to his creative vision.
White wants to bring something fresh to the table with The Outlaw Johnny Black while paying homage to the Blaxploitation genre – a genre rooted in the African American urban experience and heavily popular in the 1970s. “We have to put a bit of a redressing on the Blaxploitation movie tropes we all know,” said White, as he aims to make a movie that resonates with each era it pays tribute to.
White’s portrayal of The Outlaw Johnny Black sees him turn adverse situations into opportunities, with a sharp wit and humor throughout the film. With an aggressive approach to filmmaking and storytelling, White hopes the audience will appreciate the blend of action and comedy.
Although the release date of The Outlaw Johnny Black has not been officially announced, the anticipation surrounding it is a testament to the impact of White’s creative prowess in the world of entertainment.