'Fences' Producer Todd Black Reveals Why Denzel Washington Waited to Direct the Film| Producer Oscar Roundtable

Washington and Viola Davis starred in the play on Broadway before reprising their roles for the big screen, with Washington directing.

"Fences was the only screenplay that August Wilson wrote of all his plays," producer Todd Black told THR during the producer roundtable. "Paramount had the rights to it 20-something years ago, when Eddie Murphy was going to do it."

Black also revealed he doesn't like to watch any movies he has produced. "When you are developing a movie and shooting a movie, by the time you get to a cutting room, you can really change massive things," he said. "Endings, tonally, or performances — it's a really radical thing as producer that you start with something and then you end up with something, hopefully even better."

More roundtables featuring actors and actresses, screenwriters, songwriters, directors, composers and documentary filmmakers will continue throughout February in print and online. Tune in to new episodes of Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter starting Jan. 15 on Sundance TV and look for clips at THR.com/topic/roundtables with full episodes on THR.com after broadcast.

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