The age where classic films are remade and rebooted for the modern American film-going audience sojourns on.
According to Deadline, a remake of the seminal film Cooley High is in development and slated to be helmed by MGM. With a script set to be written by Seth Rosenfeld, the remake will be produced by Common’s under Freedom Road Productions, DeVon Franklin through his company Franklin Entertainment, and Tony Krantz through his production company Flame Ventures.
Released in 1975, Cooley High chronicled the lives of several high schoolers aiming to carve out a successful future and escape the mean streets of Chicago’s South Side in the 1960s. A breath of fresh air from the slew of blaxploitation films that catered to African-American audiences at the time, the coming-of-age film was compared favorably to American Graffiti and received critical acclaim for its frank discussions surrounding education, masculinity and gang violence. While it’s currently unknown how similar the remake will be to the original film, it serves as an excellent movie to develop in the midst of the racial unrest that has plagued the country as of late.