A few weeks ago we reported that Sony has begun developing a remake of the 1972 cult blaxploitation hit Super Fly with Watchmen’s Alex Tse set to draft the script.
On Wednesday (12/ 20) it was reported by Deadline that Director X (aka Julien Christian Lutz) is in talks to direct the remake. X is best known for high-budget, visually distinctive music videos for popular music singles from artist such as Kanye West (The New Workout Plan) , Rihanna ( Work feat. Drake) & David Guetta (One Love featuring Estelle).
The original film was directed by Gordon Parks Jr. and starred Ron O’Neal. It spawned two sequels: Super Fly T.N.T.(1973) and The Return of Superfly(1990).
While a critical and commercial success, Super Fly is widely known for its accompanying soundtrack from Curtis Mayfield. It remains one of the few soundtracks to out-gross the film it accompanied.
Update (1/16) The Hollywood Reporter points out that Future has tapped to join the movie as a producer. Future will work alongside Joel Silver. Director X shared a photo announcing his involvement. Trevor Jackson will lead the cast as Youngblood Priest.