Blaxploitation Classic 'Foxy Brown' Set For TV Series Reboot
Hulu is developing a series based on the 1974 blaxploitation classic Foxy Brown, with Meagan Good portraying the titular character.
According to a report from Deadline the series will be a “modern reimagining” of the film. Aside from that there are not any other details on the content of the forthcoming show. DeVon Franklin and Tony Krantz, both of whom are also working on a remake to 1975’s Cooley High, will be serving as executive producers, while Malcom Spellman (of Empire fame) and Ben Watkins will be handling the script.
It will be interesting to see the ways in which the show reinterprets the film in a modern day setting. Considering the rise of black representation we have seen this year in television, this show would only contribute to that.
In other blaxploitation-related news, a streaming service was recently launched that hosts a number of blaxploitation films. Called Brown Sugar, the service features an extensive library of iconic ’70s black movies (and even some of the films they would later inspire), all unedited and commercial free as they were originally viewed in theaters.
Titles include: The Mack; Foxy Brown; Shaft; Super Fly; Dolemite; Cotton Comes To Harlem; Uptown Saturday Night; Cooley High; Three The Hard Way; Coffy; Black Caesar; Five On The Black Hand Side; Cleopatra Jones; Mandingo; Willie Dynamite; Which Way Is Up?; Car Wash; The Original Gangstas and many more.
Notable blaxploitation figures Pam Grier and Fred Williamson serve as official ambassadors for Brown Sugar, along with rapper Rick Ross.
“Brown Sugar is just like Netflix, only blacker” said Grier. “These movies are entertaining and fun, but they were also empowering to the black community as they depicted African Americans as strong leading characters and heroes for the first time.”
“You wonder why we call it Brown Sugar? Because it’s bad ass – like me,” added Williamson. “Brown Sugar is the coolest streaming movie service on the planet.”
So, while you are waiting for the TV series reboot of Foxy Brown, you can check out the original on Brown Sugar.