Add Sanaa Lathan’s name to the list of Black women doing big things in Hollywood. According to an announcement by Code Black Films, the actress will star in and executive produce the highly-anticipated film adaptation of Omar Tyree’s trilogy, Flyy Girl.
In case you haven’t read the best-selling books, Flyy Girl follows Tracy Ellison, an around the way girl who loves money. After trying to change her materialistic ways, Tracy becomes a successful businesswoman who mistakenly thinks making more money will bring her the happiness she craves.
Tyree’s trilogy, which includes the books Flyy Girl, For the Love of Money, and Boss Lady, has been read by more than 8 million people worldwide and brought in $30 million for Simon & Schuster, Tyree’s publisher. With those types of numbers, Flyy Girl’s cult classic status, and Lathan at the helm, this film promises to be a really big deal.
Academy Award-winning writer Geoffrey Fletcher has been tapped to write the script and Lathan says she can’t wait to bring Tracy’s story to theaters.
“I’m pleased to executive produce and star in Lionsgate and Codeblack’s incredible adaptation of Omar Tyree’s iconic Flyy Girl trilogy,” the actress said in a statement. “So many people have grown up on this series and I’m looking forward to bringing Tracy Ellison’s story to life through film. It’s my hope to continue to help bring diverse stories to the big screen.”
There’s no projected date set for release, but Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan think it’ll be a hit.
“Lathan’s star power paired with Fletcher’s nuanced script work – we’re confident that Flyy Girl will prove to be a classic.”
Are you excited Flyy Girl is heading to the big screen?