Lionsgate‘s Codeblack Films has snagged the rights to the Flyy Girl book trilogy written by New York Times bestselling author Omar Tyree. The coming-of-age story explores the journey of a young woman motivated by the material life who plunges into a fast-paced world of gratuitous sex, violence and heartbreak in an attempt to find herself and to assess her goals in life during the modern Hip-Hop era. “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. We’re thrilled to have the chance to finally bring these stories to screen.”
Codeblack Films’ General Manager Quincy Newell brokered the deal with Global Renaissance Entertainment Group’s CEO/Owner Arthur Wylie and COO Dale Godboldo. Jean Chi, Lionsgate’s SVP of Business & Legal Affairs, business executive Greg Snodgrass of Business Affairs Inc. and Jeffrey Miles, attorney for Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, handled legal.
Codeblack Films’ upcoming slate includes suspense thriller Repentance starring Forest Whitaker, Anthony Mackie and Sanaa Lathan, the romantic drama Things Never Said, starring Omari Hardwick and Shanola Hampton, and George Tillman, Jr.’s The Inevitable Defeat Of Mister And Pete, starring Jennifer Hudson and executive produced by Alicia Keys.