'Super Fly' Remake Is Happening at Sony!

Posted 2017/11/30 0 0

The remake of 1972 classic "Super Fly" is in its early stages.


Sony is setting up a remake of the 1972 blaxploitation crime drama Super Fly, which was originally distributed by Warner Bros, according to Variety. It remains to be seen just how much of the original film’s plot will be retained, but Watchmen co-writer Alex Tse is attached to pen the script for the remake. Tse hasn’t done much else in Hollywood since Watchmen, but he did end up writing one of the many scripts that Relativity Media went though during the lengthy development of upcoming reboot The Crow Reborn.

The film is inspired by the 1972 classic, which starred Ron O’Neal as Priest, a cocaine dealer who decides that he wants to get out of his dangerous trade. Working with his reluctant friend, Eddie (Carl Lee), Priest devises a scheme that will allow him make a big deal and then retire. When a desperate street dealer informs the police of Priest's activities, Priest is forced into an uncomfortable arrangement with corrupt narcotics officers. Setting his plan in motion, he aims to both leave the business and stick it to the man. The movie was directed by Gordon Parks Jr., the son of Gordon Parks, who directed another blaxploitation classic “Shaft”, one of the staples in the early years of the genre that took the ’70s by storm.

Super Fly will be produced by Joel Silver and Sony executive Palak Patel reportedly took the lead in buying the rights to the film. The studio is already looking at a list of actors for the lead role.

Alex Tse is known for writing the screenplay for the 2009 film Watchmen, based on the graphic novel of the same name from writer Alan Moore, artist Dave Gibbons, and colorist John Higgins. He also wrote the screenplay for the animated Watchmen short Tales of the Black Freighter. He wrote the TV movie Sucker Free City and an early version of the upcoming film The Crow Reborn.