Sony continues to look for the next big hit and has now closed a development deal for the rights to the classic blaxploitation pic Superfly. Variety reports, that Sony has pegged Watchmen writer Alex Tse to write the script for the film that will be inspired by the 1972 classic that starred Ron O’Neal as Priest, a cocaine dealer looking to score one more super deal and retire.
The original film was directed by Gordon Parks Jr. who also happened to be the son of Gordon Parks, the man who directed one of the most iconic blaxploitation films of all time, the classic Shaft.
Fun fact about Superfly, even though the film was a cult hit, it's soundtrack is considered to be one of the best of all time. Composed by R&B legend Curtis Mayfield, it is the ONLY soundtrack to make more money than its film earned at the box office.
Sony hopes this new take will lead to a series of films. Sony is also reportedly in the process of meeting with actors for the title role.
If you want a taste of what the classic movie was like, here is the trailer: