Now that Black Panther has dispelled the long-held belief that African-American movies don’t do well overseas, Hollywood is scrambling to green-light more black-led projects. But they don’t always get these attempts to cash in on diversity quite right, as evidenced by these titles and log lines now in production.
So Bad He’s Good Willie Hunting
A mathematically gifted MIT janitor (Chadwick Boseman), with the help of a psychologist, is inspired to become a better janitor.
Billy Ocean’s Eleven
A day after moving into her new home, a white woman faces backlash for calling the police on Billy Ocean (Chadwick Boseman) and his eleven volunteers when they attempted to clean up their neighborhood.
A Phoenix secretary embezzles $40k from her employer’s client, then accuses a black janitor (Chadwick Boseman) of the crime. When she is found stabbed to death at the Bates Motel, the black janitor is also accused of the murder despite being in police custody when it happened.
Groundhog Day 2: The Neverending Story
An innocent black man (Chadwick Boseman) seems to re-live the same day repeatedly, where an anonymous neighbor calls the police on him for following his normal daily routine.
The Hongry Games
A noble black loner (Chadwick Boseman) voluntarily takes the place of a young white teen in a televised fight-to-the-death competition, and immediately dies.
The Brunch Club
During Saturday detention, five high school students bond when they discover that they have a lot more in common than they thought — except with the black guy (a guest appearance by Chadwick Boseman), who was expelled within the first five minutes for completing the assigned essay early.
50 Shades of Black (2018)
Hijinks ensue as a billionaire’s new secretary mistakes all of the other black people in the company — despite their different skin tones — for her boss (Chadwick Boseman).
White Men Can’t Jump 2: White Men Just Can’t Even…
In the middle of a basketball tournament hustle, a white player justifies his use of the N-word by claiming that his one black friend (Chadwick Boseman) said it was OK.
An author (Scarlett Johansson) goes on a journey to find herself when her debut novel is called out as a classic example of culturally appropriating marginalized voices for her own financial gain.
Set against the exotic backdrop of WWII Morocco, a self-described “nice guy” stays stuck in his feelings when a love interest rejects him sexually after he is nice to her.
La La Land in the Moonlight
A pianist and an actress upstage a young, disadvantaged, African-American gay man’s greatest moment while bemoaning how their careers aren’t going as planned.
Miracle on 34th Street (2018)
When a black man (Chadwick Boseman) is arrested for trespassing in a luxury residential high-rise, a young lawyer decides to defend him by arguing in court that he actually does live there.
3 Months a Slave
A disgraced Ivy League student demands that his rape conviction be overturned on the grounds that his life shouldn’t be ruined for only 20 seconds of action. Meanwhile, his cellmate (Chadwick Boseman) has been awaiting trial for three years on charges of stealing a backpack.
A white woman (Allison Williams) is creeped out by the warm welcome she receives from the family of her black janitor boyfriend (Chadwick Boseman). Trigger warning: excessive stirring of Kool-Aid.
Rebel with a Cause: A Star Wars Story
Finn (Chadwick Boseman) joins the Resistance determined to become a better janitor for General Leia Organa than he had been for Captain Phasma on the Starkiller Base.
The American Princess Diaries
Royal janitor (Chadwick Boseman) helps Prince Larry adjust to his new life of being ignored by the media when American actress Teagan Tarkle (Scarlett Johansson) becomes his wife.
Weekend at Batman’s
When Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) calls on the rest of the Justice League to help her save Earth, Batman (Ben Affleck) and the rest of the guys have a rowdy weekend with Superman’s corpse at the Bat Cave instead. Alfred hires a janitor (Chadwick Boseman) to clean up the mess.
The Capoeira Kid
A spoiled Boca Raton teenager forces an underpaid janitor (Chadwick Boseman) to teach him Brazilian-style martial arts for free.
Nightmare on 125th Street
White hipsters (Kylie Jenner, Justin Timberlake, and Scarlett Johansson) kill a historically black neighborhood with their dreams — a craft brewery, a gastropub and an artisanal kombucha shop. The neighborhood garbage man (Chadwick Boseman) teaches them the error of their ways.
Boyz N the Hoodies
A South Boston youth joins the All Lives Matter movement after his one black friend (Chadwick Boseman) is shot and killed by a wannabe security guard while on his way to work as a janitor at MIT.