Jenifer Lewis & Debbie Allen pair up for a new comedy ‘Ventura Boulevard’ + VIDEO

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

S&A/Indie Wire is reporting that the hilariously funny Jenifer Lewis is starring in an adaptation of the classic Hollywood film, Sunset Boulevard. The new version is titled, Ventura Boulevard  and will feature the legendary Debbie Allen in the director’s chair.

Much like Gloria Swanson’s character Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard,  Lewis will star as a has been movie actress who uses her guile, money and sex to manipulate a young white screenwriter into creating her comeback part. The film is being written by Mark Alton Brown and Dee LaDuke, the same writers from Lewis’ iconic cult film, Jackie’s Back.

“I am taking things into my own hands by producing ‘Ventura Boulevard’,” said Jenifer Lewis, who promises a film that touches on hot social issues, like aging, race and deception. “The Hollywood establishment isn’t going to finance a movie about a middle aged African-American diva that deceives and beds a young white man.”

Ventura Boulevard will be scored by multi-award winning composer Marc Shaiman.

Check out a clip from Sunset Boulevard  and you’ll see why Lewis is absolutely perfect for this role…

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Ray Cornelius is an entertainment news blogger and media personality. He is also the host of Jazz 91.9 WCLK's arts and entertainment show "UPFRONT." He lives in Atlanta.

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