On Saturday, lucky fans at the Sundance Film Festival got a chance to screen two episodes of Ben Cory Jones and Lena Waithe’s Boomerang, an adaptation of the 1992 film starring Eddie Murphy, Robin Givens, and Halle Berry, who executive produces the series.
Hosted at the Macro Lodge, the audience included a few familiar faces like Jada Pinkett-Smith and Jesse Williams, as people packed into the screening to see Jones and Waithe’s latest project.
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Boomerang is a promising start to BET’s primetime TV programming and Waithe assured viewers that “this is not a Black show through the white gaze.”
Starring Tequan Richmond as Bryson, the son of Jacqueline Broyer, and Tetona Jackson as Simone, the daughter of Marcus Graham and Angela Lewis, the series follows the pair as they struggle to step out of their parents’ shadow.
The two upcoming episodes will surely draw comparisons to HBO’s Insecure, which Jones has worked on, but he and Waithe both have strong perspectives that will likely push Boomerang into a lane of its own.
And, with a team of Black and queer creatives working behind the scenes, we’re likely to see stories that are rarely told.
Boomerang premieres February 12 on BET.