Props to Common.
Not only did he recently land a lead role in an upcoming Black samurai film (Okayplayer), but the Suicide Squad actor will be producing an upcoming remake of Cooley High alongside DeVon Franklin and Tony Krantz.
“Lighthearted at times, Cooley High also addressed serious topics such as gang violence, masculinity, sexism, and the value of education in the black community. That made it fertile ground for Franklin, the former Sony exec who has focused on films with uplifting content; Chicago native Common, who with John Legend shared the Oscar for Best Song for Selma‘s “Glory”; and Krantz, whose father Steve Krantz produced the original film. They felt it a timely project in light of the racial unrest that has followed several high-profile shootings throughout the country.”
The 1975 coming-of-age film remains a staple in Black culture. No word on when the remake will go into production, but hopefully details roll out in the coming weeks.
Watch the trailer for the original film below:
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