The "Kata The Iron Thorn" Film Project is a major motion picture that will generate millions of dollars in trade. "Kata" is pronounced Kah-tah.
Kata The Iron Thorn is a Super Hero and Family Fantasy Story with a non-violence theme. Though the story takes place in Present Day, it flashes back to a legendary tale that takes place during The Age of Piracy to dramatically reflect on the persistent issues of violence, greed, ignorance, race, and prejudice that we currently wrestle with. The Kata story uniquely reflects on these serious issues with wit and humor.
At times, the story flashes back to the legend of Kata the Supernatural Jamaican Warrior that battled Pirates and Ghosts (Duppies) in 1655, Jamaica. The story has a crucial Philadelphia, Pennsylvania tie-in. Kata is a great story, suitable for all ages that needs to be told!
I have written the Kata screenplay in honor of my Father, the world-renowned anthropologist, Reverend Doctor Leonard E. Barrett, Sr. (1920-2003).
"Kata" mixes up the Fantasy Film genres, which will make it a fun and exciting movie-going experience. The film primarily takes place in present day, with a love story, which makes it a Contemporary and Romantic Fantasy. It is also a Sword and Sorcery Fantasy, as the movie has a quest to find a magic sword (the "Iron Thorn") similar to the King Arthur Fantasy. It is also a Pirate Adventure, which resonates on "The Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise.
I am absolutely convinced that the Kata story is the next big thing with the success of “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” and Marvel’s extremely successful “Black Panther,” the Kata story has both of these story themes in it!
The Kata story is inspired by the tales of Anansi The Trickster Spider that is one of the most important characters in West African and Caribbean folklore and the history of the Jamaican Maroons who showed resistance, determination, and strength against all odds.
Recently, Dr. Carole Boyce Davies, a scholar at Cornell University, considered the similarities and differences between “Black Panther” and “Kata The Iron Thorn.” In February of 2018, she wrote me and stated that she liked the Kata story better than the Black Panther story because she felt the Kata story more authentic and that it does not “skirt the political issues.”
In 2014, she wrote a wonderful six-page review of Kata The Iron Thorn that is available for anyone to read. Dr. Davies is also a well-known film critic for The Guardian newspaper and other major publications.
"Black Panther” is the latest and biggest in a series of recent hits that feature black actors in major roles, like “Hidden Figures” and “Get Out.” People of color make up a disproportionate number of what the Motion Picture Association of America calls “frequent moviegoers” -- people who go to the movies once a month or more. Among African Americans in particular, the number of frequent moviegoers is up 27 percent since 2012. (That number is down 21 percent among white audiences.)