It’s based on his autobiography of the same name!
A new biopic entitled “Why Should White Guys Have All The Fun” based on businessman Reginald F. Lewis is in the works, Deadline reports.
Lewis was a Baltimore native who rose through the ranks to become one of the richest African Americans during the ‘80s. No stranger to history making, Lewis was the first to be admitted to Harvard Law without taking the LSAT and the first Black man in the nation to raise a billion dollars. After working in law, he moved to the business side of things, acquiring Beatrice International Foods, making it the largest Black-owned business in the U.S. His accomplishments are innumerable and now the late businessman will be honored in a featured film.
His bestselling autobiography, Why Should White Guys Have All the Fun?, is being made into a major film of the same name, produced by MACRO’s Charles D. King, Jelani Johnson and Poppy Hanks. Lewis’ daughters Christina Lewis, Leslie Lewis and his widow Loida Lewis will also serve as executive producers.
The film will follow Lewis’ extraordinary life, chronicling his boardroom days and lavish lifestyle, as well as his sudden and tragic death from a brain tumor at the height of his reign. The film will also deep dive into the role that systemic racism plays in the life of African Americans rising through the social ranks.
In addition to his business acumen, Lewis did a lot to give back, becoming the largest living donor to Harvard Law in its then 175 year history in 1992. The school renamed its International Law Center after Lewis, making it the first building on Harvard’s campus named after an African American.
His daughter Christina Lewis took to social media to share the good news and thank everyone who was a part of making it happen, writing, “Finally, WHY SHOULD WHITE GUYS HAVE ALL THE FUN? is being made into a movie and I am just so happy and grateful. This story can be so big!! It can change lives and inspire millions of people to pioneer and be first! To grow and achieve and also give back as they climb and with community. That’s my dream…”
No word yet on when the film will begin production but we’re ready for all of the Black excellence!
Photo Courtesy of ReginaldFLewis.com