“Cooley High” Remake Underway

Article by Meah Denee via Reel Reality

It seems that classic films can no longer be just that “a classic” instead these films are being remade for mainstream entertainment. Is this a good or bad thing? I doubt cult classic movies like The Godfather or Scarface would receive open arms if they were remade. Remakes have been most popular for the super hero type of movie but a new film has surfaced and is expected to be remade, Cooley High!

Deadline reports that Cooley High will be remade at MGM with producers: Common (Freedom Road Productions), Devon Franklin (Franklin Entertainment), and Tony Krantz (Flame Ventures); and the script will be written by Seth Rosenfeld.

The original coming of age film, Cooley High, was set in 1960s Chicago and told the story of two high school friends, Richard “Cochise” Morris (Lawrence-Hilton Jacobs) and Leroy “Preach” Jackson (Glynn Turman). The film shows the struggle of these two boys trying to make it out of the hood and accomplish their dreams of one becoming a basketball player and the other a writer. Throughout the film you see the harsh realities of gang violence in their lives but also get to enjoy the humor they find as teenagers hanging out, sneaking out, and hooking up with girls.

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The original film premiered in 1975 grossing more than $13 million, an amazing feat for a low budget film that only cost $750,000 to make. Hopefully, the remake will be just as successful, with big heavy hitters like Franklin, Common, and Krantz working on the film I know they will put their all into creating a great film but what will their audience think? Reel Reality will definitely give its opinion once the movie releases no set date on when production will start but we look forward to a release date.

Catch the Cooley High trailer below:

 

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