A Blaxploitation classic will receive a millennial makeover.
The 1975 comedy-drama Cooley High was one of the genre’s most beloved and influential films. Now the Chicago-based film will be remade by MGM, with DeVon Franklin, Tony Krantz and Common signing on produce it.
According to Deadline Krantz — whose father Steve Krantz produced the original film — will produce it through Flame Ventures, with Franklin via his own Franklin Entertainment and Common under Freedom Road Productions.
While the original movie was light-hearted at times, it also focused on several issues within the Black community such as masculinity and sexism, gang violence, and the value of education in the black community. The three feel that, with the shadow of civil and racial unrest permeating throughout the country following the multitude of murders by Black men and women by the police, this project couldn’t come at a better time.
If they don’t include Camp Lo in it in some manner, however, the entire thing is invalid.
And, because why not: