Remember Flyy Girl? It’s Headed To A Big Screen Near You

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November 2, 2012 ‐ By

Source: negroartist.com

Is it just me or does it seem like Black producers and directors are striking while the iron is hot right now? In just the past few days we’ve learned about a number of movies with African American casts that are slated to hit theaters within the next year or so and the latest of these is a film adaptation of Omar Tyree’s Flyy Girl trilogy.

I can totally remember my best friend and I reading these books years ago and we could not put them down. It seems as though I’ve heard of potential movie adaptations since that time,  which according to Shadow And Act could very well be true. But now they’ve received an official press release confirming action. Here’s the deal:

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 1, 2012 — Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, Inc., an Arthur Wylie Enterprises company (www.ArthurWylie.com), announced today that it will celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the New York Times best-selling Flyy Girl novels by bringing the books to the big screen.

Felicia D. Henderson will write and direct the film adaptation of Omar Tyree’s New York Times Best Selling Flyy Girl trilogy through her company, WaterWalk Productions.  Best known for developing Soul Food for Showtime, Henderson has written for film, television, and theater.  She’s currently the executive producer of BET’s Reed Between the Lines.

“I’m more than excited to make my feature film directing debut adapting the iconic Flyy Girl novels. Writing the screenplay, and knowing I’m directing the film has been creative joy!”  Henderson’s other credits include, Everybody Hates ChrisGossip Girl, andFringe. She is also on the faculty at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television where she teaches writing for film and television.

I think it’s safe to say this adaptation is in very good hands. The only thing I worry about  is that this movie is coming out so long after the books hit shelves. I don’t have any black teens around me to know whether they’re checking for Omar Tyree or not, but I remember reading Flyy Girl when I was maybe 13/14, which was about five or six years after the book was published in 1993. I read the sequel, For the Love of Money, shortly after, but I never quite made it to Boss Lady. On the flip side, since this is a coming of age story about a girl in the ’80s, putting this story in that context as a time piece could definitely work. I’m thinking something like “Love & Basketball” that makes audiences think about their own teen years and first loves and what not. I’d definitely take that approach rather than trying to update the movie for today’s teens.

Either way though, I wouldn’t mind checking this out. What about you?

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  • Semi

    No one has been checking for Omar Tyree in a very long time..does he even write anymore?

    • Kiyoko Kayo Hisoka

      Yes, he does actually.

  • honest

    OMG!!! I WAS CRAZY ABOUT THAT BOOK IN JR HIGH….I WAS PRAYING THEY WOULD MAKE IT INTO A MOVIE…WHO CARES IF THE YOUNGER GENERATION DOESN’T KNOW ABOUT IT THE OLDER CROWD WILL DEFINITELY GO WATCH IT….I KNEW SOME BOYS WHO WAS READING THOSE BOOKS BACK IN THE DAY LOOL…THIS IS THE SECOND BEST THING TO ADDICTED BEING MADE INTO A MOVIE

    • honest

      THEY SHOULD ALSO MAKE ALL THAT IN A BAG OF CHIPS INTO A MOVIE AS WELL…THAT WAS MY BOOOK…AND I PRAY ZANE TURNS NERVOUS INTO A FLIM AS WELL…OMG I CAN SEE GABBY UNION PLAYING THE CHICK FROM NERVOUS…

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tiffanie-MadameGigglez-Thomas/665285721 Tiffanie MadameGigglez Thomas

        YYYESSS! i kno right? She would be perfect as Zoe or i always imagined Kerry washington…

  • saucy robinson

    I absolutely loved Flyy Girl, one of the very first novels I read. Can’t wait to see the movie!

  • ieshapatterson

    nice.hopefully,the case won’t be made up of mainly light/mixed black people.

  • IllyPhilly

    That book was terrible and the movie will be worse. She was a Yamp and there’s nothing entertaining about that.

  • Zettai

    On another note, when are we going to get a “God Don’t Like Ugly” movie? That’s a series I would love to see.

  • gmarie

    This one was good but form Omar Tyree I think I’d like to see a film adaptation of “Just Say No” or “Leslie” instead

    • Semi

      I was thinking “Leslie” was a better choice myself.

    • Ms_Sunshine9898

      I think I’d like to see both of those actually. . . I don’t which one I wanna see more and I could see Columbus Short in that Just say no!

  • Kiyoko Kayo Hisoka

    I think Flyy Girl was one of the first books that got me interested in reading as a hobby.

  • http://www.facebook.com/derique.marie Derique Fancy Marie

    OMG I swear I just made a comment about this somewhere. I think it was on this blog but I’m very excited. I hope the opening scene starts out with the famously known song “Fly Girl” by Boogie boys. I read the book when I was about 14 or 15 and I hope I get to cast in it …lol…on a serious note though I need to be in that movie

  • Bobby Kristina’s GAP

    I loved this book. but I WOULD LIKE TO SEE “Coldest winter ever” as well

  • Zettai

    I think this will be really difficult to translate to the big screen, especially because they will have to adapt it to get a PG rating because of Tracy’s promiscuity.

    Sorry Omar, I loved your book but this is not going to turn out well.

    • Kiyoko Kayo Hisoka

      Tracy’s promiscuity? She wasn’t the only character having sex.

      • Zettai

        No, but she was the youngest and only one of Mercedes’ encounters was described while plenty of Tracy’s were.

  • http://twitter.com/VictoriaGrooves Victoria grooves

    Um what before the coldest winter ever? And boss lady was not even good

    • http://twitter.com/islam_voodoo Hasaan Kadaafi

      it seems like they’re gonna have the hardest time doing the coldest winter ever

    • realadulttalk

      You took the words outta my mouth!! I might have wanted to see this decades ago…not now though.

    • http://www.facebook.com/latrice.deason Latrice Deason

      If sister souljah would stop being so greedy we might get a coldest winter ever movie which would be great

      • Alexa

        @ Latrice, what do you mean?

    • Alexa

      Tell it girl! That book is such a classic, I love it. I wonder what’s taking so long for it to made into a movie!?

      • Alexa

        *be

    • http://twitter.com/MsRedboneBrite Tee Elyse

      Lol… I think all of us are on the same page when it comes to TCWE… I swear I was just getting ready to say the same thing!

    • Pseudonym

      Those books are two different authors. Probably comes down to which author was down to do a movie.

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