With the success of Black Panther reaffirming the long-standing notion the black superheroes can turn a huge profit at the international box office, we have yet to see films revolving around our real-life black superheroes. Producers Phillip and Tanya Hart are changing the tide regarding the lack of biopics on black heroes with their film Jump at the Sun. The movie, based upon a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winner Charles Fuller, is about the first black pilots to fly across America in 1932.
The movie will follow James Herman Banning and Thomas C. Allen as they traverse the elements, encounter the Ku Klux Klan and come into conflict with one another as they pilot their second-hand Alexander Eagle Rock biplane from Los Angeles to New York City during the height of the Great Depression.
The movie will be the first in a series of films that the Harts are producing about the hidden tales of black heroes. After Jump at the Sun will be a film chronicling the adventures of Bessie Coleman, the first black woman to earn a pilot’s license.
The Bessie Coleman movie will showcase the aviator’s adventures in Texas, Chicago, Paris and New York and will be based on Phillip Hart’s two books about Coleman, as well as with treatment developed by the Harts at Disney.