Deal follows strong perfomance by 'Let Me Explain'
The coming-of-age story explores the journey of a young woman who plunges into gratuitous sex, violence and heartbreak in an attempt to find herself during the hip-hop era of the 1990s.
“Omar Tyree has created a franchise with an incredible story that connects with audiences worldwide,” said Codeblack Films president Jeff Clanagan. “Codeblack is excited to have the film rights for these books, which have been a staple in the African-American community for more than 20 years.”
Codeblack and Lionsgate have seen strong results for Kevin Hart’s “Let Me Explain,” which has grossed over $26 million domestically in two weeks in less than 900 theaters. Variety reported on July 8 that Codeblack had acquired U.S. distribution rights to Forest Whitaker‘s thriller “Repentance” for release by Lionsgate in the early spring.
The deals for “Flyy Girl” and “Repentance” are part of the multiyear distribution deal announced last year between Codeblack’s Jeff Clanagan and Lionsgate, under which the studio was aiming to expand its already strong urban biz.
Other upcoming Codeblack films include the romantic drama “Things Never Said,” starring Omari Hardwick and Shanola Hampton, and “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete,” starring Jennifer Hudson. Codeblack is also producing Hart’s next project, “Quick and Easy,” which Lionsgate disclosed in April during its presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas.
Codeblack Films’ Quincy Newell brokered the deal with Global Renaissance Entertainment Group’s Arthur Wylie and Dale Godboldo.