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The ’70s seem to be coming back in a big way.
New Line and Netflix’s sequel/reboot Son of Shaft starts production soon with Tim Story directing, and Sony is hoping to do something new with the popular ’70s character Super Fly. Warner Bros. seems to want to continue that trend by reviving the 1973 “blaxploitation” character Cleopatra Jones. Misha Green, co-creator and writer of WGN’s Underground, will write and produce the remake, the Tracking Board has confirmed.
The original 1973 movie starred Tamara Dobson as the title character, who used her job as a supermodel to cover for being an undercover government agent, using martial arts and various weapons to do the latter job. In the movie, she goes up against a drug kingpin named Mommy (Shelley Winters) who is destroying the inner city with her drugs.
Besides co-creating, writing and being an EP on Underground, Green is currently working with exec. producers Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams on a new HBO show called Lovecraft, as the show’s co-creator, writer and EP. She also is writing and producing the planned Netflix film Mother. Green’s background includes stints as a writer on FX’s Sons of Anarchy and a story editor on Starz’s Spartacus mini-series.
Niija Kuykendall will oversee the project for Warner Bros.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor