A lot of famous actors write autobiographies, but not many have those same autobiographies turned into movies. Of course, if those actors had lived their lives like Pam Grier, perhaps Imprint Entertainment would have tried to make a biopic out of their lives instead. Announced yesterday, Imprint, one of the production companies behind “Percy Jackson and the lightning Thief” and “Twilight,” have optioned the film rights to Grier’s 2010 autobiography, “Foxy, My Life in Three Acts.”
Considering the actress is only in her early 60s, it would seem Grier’s ‘Three Acts’ is still ongoing, or perhaps she is looking to eventually add a fourth act. Either way, the first act of Grier’s acting career is undoubtedly the 1970s, where Grier quickly became the Queen of Blaxploitation films and perhaps the first female action star after the success of 1973’s “Coffy” and 1974’s “Foxy Brown” and dated the likes of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Richard Pryor and Freddie Prinze Sr. The second act is the 1980s, where Grier settled into less action-oriented roles such as the recurring love interest for Phillip Michael Thomas‘ Rico Tubbs on “Miami Vice,” a witch in 1983’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” (which scared the bejeezus out of this writer as a young kid), and playing Steven Seagal‘s partner in 1988’s “Above the Law.” The third act starts in the 1990s when Quentin Tarantino gave Grier’s career a bump with the titular role in 1997’s “Jackie Brown,” a role that should have translated into better roles than parts in 2000’s “Snow Day,” 2001’s “Ghosts of Mars” and 2002’s “The Adventures of Pluto Nash.” Still, Grier would quickly move on to the Showtime series “The L Word,” a recurring role on “Smallville,” a supporting role in “Larry Crowne” and will appear in RZA‘s directorial debut “The Man with the Iron Fists” later this year.
We imagine it’s that first and second act that will get the most attention in the movie, as the actress rose to fame and spent nights out with John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, and Peter Lawford as well as her battle with stage four cervical cancer that she was diagnosed with in 1988. “’Foxy’ succeeds at a stark impression of Grier’s courage and inner strength without the use of rose-colored glasses,” said Imprint’s Michael Becker, who will produce the movie. “Imprint Entertainment looks forward to bringing this triumphant story to life.”
TV writer Eunetta Boone, who recently wrote the Halle Berry-attached “Who is Doris Payne,” will adapt the book into a screenplay. [Deadline]