Rumors of the classic book’s movie treatment have been swirling for sometime. What points to signs reports that could be true rests in an interview Lathan gave The Daily Beast in 2013 during press rounds for Best Man Holiday.
Here’s an excerpt from the article:
“After realizing the value of her experience in the industry, Lathan decided to take matters into her own hands, developing a script with Lionsgate Codeblack based on ‘Flyy Girl,’ a book trilogy with a big influence in the African-American community by Omar Tyree, in which she will be starring and producing. ‘This is me trying to have a little more control.’”
It’s worth noting the interview was in the same year, reports confirmed Codeblack acquired rights to the novel.
Flyy Girl on the big screen could become a cultural classic—we’re talking a modern-day Waiting to Exhale! Sister Souljah’s Coldest Winter Ever film adaptation never happened, even though it was reported Jada Pinkett-Smith purchased rights to the novel in the late ’90s. Let’s hope CodeBlack and Lathan can make Flyy Girl really happen!
Just in case you need a refresher, Flyy Girl is one of those timeless books generations of Black girls read and likely finished in under three days!
Originally released in 1993, it’s Tyree’s biggest selling novel to date. Tyree later published two sequels, Flyy Girl: For the Love of Money (2001) and Boss Lady (2006).
The trilogy follows the story of Tracey Ellison, a young Black girl who grew up in the hood with a single mother and later became a successful business woman. Ellison is addicted to money and believes coins are the key to her happiness. Along Ellison’s life journey, she’s forced to reinvent herself and re-evaluate her relationships and definition of success.
As for the possible film’s star upcoming projects, you can see her in a few months starring alongside Michael Ealy and Morris Chestnut in The Perfect Guy this September. Lathan also filmed the sequel to Now You See Me, tentatively titled Now You See Me 2 and a sci-fi flick Ad Inexplorata.