Via press release… Codeblack Films, a Lionsgate company, has tapped Effie Brown to produce the feature film adaptation of author Omar Tyree’s trilogy bestseller “Flyy Girl.” This news comes almost 2 years after Codeblack announced that it had acquired the rights to the New York Times best-selling novel.
Brown and her company Duly Noted Inc. will oversee development and the packaging of the project, alongside Codeblack Films’ Jeff Clanagan and Quincy Newell.
Amongst her producer credits include 2002’s “Real Women Have Curves”, 2007’s “Rocket Science”, and 2014’s Sundance Film festival darling, “Dear White People.” Brown also recently joined the cast of HBO’s “Project Greenlight” reboot, as producer and mentor to the winner of the filmmaking competition.
Industry veteran Christina Sibul is also part of the development team.
And Nicole Jefferson-Asher will pen the script,
“I’m so excited to be working with Codeblack Films and Lionsgate on releasing the film adaptation of Omar Tyree’s culturally iconic ‘Flyy Girl’ trilogy,” said Brown. “These books were a rite of passage for readers worldwide and will prove to be the foundation for an exciting cinematic release.”
“Effie Brown comes to us with a wealth of experience, and we are elated to have her on our team to produce this much anticipated film,” said Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan. “She has a track record of excellence, and we’re confident that she will bring her magic touch to this project as well.”
The story explores the journey of Tracey Ellison, a successful businesswoman and workaholic who believes that money is always the key to happiness. In the midst of her life journey, Ellison is forced to reinvent herself and rethink her relationships, her career and her definition of success. The second book in the series, “For the Love of Money,” won an NAACP Image Award (2001, Outstanding Book, Fiction).
Worth mentioning, in 2013, it was announced that the creator of the “Final Destination” franchise – Jeffrey Reddick – teamed up with author Tyree to develop a film adaptation of another one of his series of novels, “Leslie,” into a trilogy of movies that will “take its characters beyond the novel’s story,” as was said at the time.