ABOVE PHOTO: Sanaa Latham (s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)
By Tambay A. Obenson
Shadow and Act
While it hasn’t been officially announced yet, the Tracking Board website is reporting “exclusively” that Codeblack Films’ adaptation of author Omar Tyree’s best selling trilogy “Flyy Girl,” will star Sanaa Lathan.
I immediately searched the web for any other mention of this, and found just one article – an interview Lathan gave to “The Daily Beast” in November 2013, just before The Best Man Holiday was to open in theaters. In that interview, Lathan said that after realizing how much her experience was valued in the entertainment industry, she was taking matters into her own hand, which included developing a script with Lionsgate Codeblack for ‘Flyy Girl”, that she would also produce and star in. ‘This is me trying to have a little more control,” she said.
So there you have it…
This was about a year after Codeblack’s initial announcement that it had acquired the rights to the New York Times best-seller. Earlier this year, it was announced that Effie Brown and her company Duly Noted Inc. will oversee development of the project, alongside Codeblack Films’ Jeff Clanagan and Quincy Newell.
Industry veteran Christina Sibul is also part of the development team, with Nicole Jefferson-Asher penning the script.
The story explores the journey of Tracey Ellison, a successful businesswoman and workaholic who believes that money is always the key to happiness. In the midst of her life journey, Ellison is forced to reinvent herself and rethink her relationships, her career and her definition of success.
So, assuming Lathan’s revelation to “The Daily Beast” in late 2013 still stands, and the Tracking Board exclusive is fact, then I suppose we’ll be seeing Lathan on the big screen as Tracey Ellison, some time in the future.
Up next for Lathan is the Sony/Screen Gems thriller, The Perfect Guy, in which she co-stars with Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut. Also look for Lathan in the sequel to Now You See Me, currently titled Now You See Me 2, playing an FBI agent on the hunt for the magician troupe known as the Four Horseman, a year later, as they take on a new dangerous heist for a new enemy. Last fall, she wrapped filming on the Sundance Lab-developed feature Ad Inexplorata – a curious sci-fi project in which she plays the head of a spaceship fleet on a one-way trip to Mars. Lathan is joined by Mark Strong and Luke Wilson in the film.
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