I remember when the book was published in mid-2010, and I posted an entry about it possibly being adapted into a feature film; Pam Grier herself said there was interest in it, and, like almost every other iconic real life black woman considering a film on her life, I recall her saying that she would love for Halle Berry to play her in the film.
Of course! Maybe Halle Berry should just do a string of biopics, starting with Aretha Franklin’s.
Via a press release, it’s been announced thatmovie rights to Grier’s autobiography Foxy: My Life In Three Acts – in which she talks about, amongst other things, her early relationships with Richard Pryor, Freddie Prinze & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and how Richard Pryor put cocaine on his penis before having sex with her – has been optioned by Imprint Entertainment (Twilight, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief).
Eunetta Boone (who’s worked primarily in TV) has been hired to adapt the book into a screenplay.
The rest of the story:
“’Foxy’ succeeds at a stark impression of Grier’s courage and inner strength without the use of rose-colored glasses. Imprint Entertainment looks forward to bringing this triumphant story to life,” says [Michael] Becker [of Imprint]. Grier, the iconic African American female sex symbol and action star from the 70′s, launched an era of films that became known as “Blaxploitation” movies – boasting predominantly black casts for black audiences. 40 years later Grier is an internationally celebrated award-winning actress who is beloved by all audiences. As Quoted by Director Quentin Tarantino while promoting his 1997 film JACKIE BROWN “Pam Grier might have been the first female action star.” Pam Grier not only opened doors for African American women but for women of all races. Imprint Entertainment is currently in postproduction on upcoming crime thriller PAWN starring Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Nikki Reed, Michael Chiklis, Common.
So there ya have it; when will we actually see this? Who knows? Biopics about black public figures are plentiful these days, and the majority of them are currently in limbo. So we’ll see…