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 Chris, Gossip 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?