Charles D. King’s MACRO and The Black List founder Franklin Leonard’s are producing a biopic on the late pioneering Black businessman Reginald F. Lewis. The Reginald F. Lewis biopic will be based on his autobiography Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?.
It will follow Lewis breaking glass ceilings from Baltimore to Harvard (where he was the first person admitted without taking the LSAT and before even applying) to Wall Street to Kansas to Paris. Lewis was the first African American to raise a billion dollars and commanded the business world’s attention in 1987, with his $1 billion acquisition of Beatrice International Foods, making it the largest Black-owned business in the United States.
As the story traverses from boardrooms to family homes to lavish soirees, audiences will also experience how systemic racism takes a toll behind the scenes, even when an African American person is a proven master of the universe. The film will follow his illustrious life up until his tragic, sudden death from a brain tumor in 1993 at the height of his powers. He was 50 years old.
In addition, he was the largest living donor to Harvard Law School in its 175 year history at the time of his donation in 1992. The school renamed its International Law Center the Reginald F. Lewis International Law Center, the first building on Harvard’s campus named in honor of a Black American.
MACRO’s Charles D. King, Jelani Johnson and Poppy Hanks; and Franklin Leonard will produce with co-producer Chris Lyons. Executive producers include Lewis’ daughters Christina Lewis Leslie Lewis, his widow Loida Lewis, and Josh Green.
The project is in the beginning stages as no director or screenwriter has been attached to the biopic yet.
Macro’s upcoming slate includes Netflix sci-fi comedy They Cloned Tyrone and the Lisa Cortes directed doc The Empire of Ebony.