Gina Prince-Bythewood of The Woman King wants to tell another story from African history

Prince Bythewood said: “One of my dreams is definitely the story of Toussaint Louverture and what happened in Haiti against the French. This is one of my dream projects.” Toussaint Louverture was one of the leading generals of the Haitian Revolution, a successful uprising against slavery in the French colony of Saint-Domingue that lasted from 1791 to 1804 and led to the founding of the modern nation of Haiti. (Louverture died under arrest a year before the victory of the revolution.) The Louverture biopic is something Bythewood has been interested in over the years; she even named one of her sons Toussaint (via Shondaland).

Such a story would have some interesting connections to The King’s Woman story and potentially serve as a correction to some of the criticisms of the film. The Louverture family fell into slavery due to the imperialist expansion of Dahomey in the kingdom of Allada (through Toussaint Louverture Historical Society), which would require a different framing than the depiction of Dahomey as underdogs fighting other empires in The Woman King. Such a film may also include some of Agoja’s heroic historical warriors as characters: Victoria Montu is one of Haiti’s “founding mothers” (via french library).

The Woman King is in theaters now.

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