A cult movie title, the 1974 Foxy Brown, is headed to television with a TV series adaptation starring Meagan Good in the iconic role. In a competitive situation, the project, executive produced by DeVon Franklin and Tony Krantz, has landed at Hulu for development. MGM TV is the studio.
Empire co-executive producer Malcolm Spellman and Hand of God creator Ben Watkins will write the TV version, a modern re-imagining of the 1974 movie and the larger-than-life Foxy Brown character, originally played by Pam Grier in what is still recognized as the ultimate portrayal of a strong and powerful African-American woman.
Taking on the Foxy role has been a passion for Good. She also will serve as a producer on the series, executive produced by her husband, producer Franklin via his Franklin Entertainment, Krantz through his Flame Ventures, showrunners Spellman and Watkins as well as Good’s managers at Untitled Entertainment, Jason Weinberg & Evan Hainey. Drew Comins of Flame will serve as co-executive producer.
The 1974 movie, written and directed by Jack Hill, followed Foxy Brown (Grier) as she sought revenge for the murder of her boyfriend by a drug syndicate. The film, which was a box-office success, has had a lasting legacy, influencing a number of movies over the past four decades, including the Pam Greer starrer Jackie Brown; the Urban Legend franchise; Austin Power in Goldmember, which featured a Foxy Cleopatra character played by Beyonce; and the Undercover Brother comedy. The original film was distributed by American International Pictures whose library is now owned by MGM subsidiary Orion Pictures Corporation, leading to MGM TV’s role as producer on the series. You can watch a trailer from the movie below the post.
On the film side, Franklin and Krantz are also partnering on the adaptation of another classic MGM property, Cooley High.
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SOURCE: Deadline – Nellie Andreeva