In the era of remakes, it was only a matter of time before studios made their way to the blaxploitation genre, and while cult classic Shaft has been remade several times, 1972 crime drama Super Fly is next on the list.
Deadline reports the son of the original film’s producer, Steven R. Shore, will executive produce the project while Joel Silver and “Low Life” rapper Future will serve as producers.
#Regram @idirectorx ・・・ More heat! @future is on board to curate the music as Executive Producer for @superflymovie. His creative vision will bring the audience the sonic tone, vibe and soul of Atlanta, which is the setting of our story. Next level tings! #superfly
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The Atlanta rhymer will also curate the film’s soundtrack, following in the footsteps of legendary singer/ songwriter Curtis Mayfield. The soul icon composed the original film’s soundtrack, which included songs such as “Freddie’s Dead” and “Pusherman.” The nine-track album went on to outgrossed the movie, according to XXL.
Best known for his music video resume, Director X will be at the helm of the film.
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Although Super Fly doesn’t yet have a release date, its lead actors, Jason Mitchell and Trevor Jackson, have been locked down. Lex Scott Davis, Andrea Londo, Jacob Ming-Trent and Omar Chapparo are also set to star.
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