If you were a teenage girl in the 90’s or 2000’s the odds are you read Omar Tyree’s novel, Flyy Girl, a dozen times. You probably wanted to be the sassy but classy, “all about the money” teenage Tracy Ellison and made sure you copped the two sequels to see how the diva tackled adulthood. If so, you’ll be happy to know that the classic trilogy is being adapted to film. The film will follow an adult Tracy Ellison, now a businesswoman, obsessed with the material world, before falling into a cycle of gratuitous sex and heartbreak. Sanaa Lathan will star as Tracy and also executive produce the film.
“So many people have grown up on this series and I’m looking forward to bringing Tracy Ellison’s story to life through film,” Lathan said. “It’s my hope to continue to help bring diverse stories to the big screen.”
Lionsgate Entertainment’s CodeBlack Films acquired the rights to Flyy Girl in July 2013 and announced that producer Effie Brown (Dear White People) was hired to produce the film adaptation. Brown and her company, Duly Noted Inc., will oversee the film’s development alongside Codeblack Films’ Jeff Clanagan and Quincy Newell. Geoffrey Fletcher (Precious) has been hired to write the script.
I can’t wait to see how this one turns out! Do you think Sanaa will do “Tracy” justice?