Rapper extraordinaire Future is set to shift gears to film for the first time. As Deadline reports, he’s signed on to produce a Director X-helmed remake of Superfly. In addition to joining veteran Joel Silver on production duties, he’ll also be curating the film’s soundtrack, taking on legendary musician Curtis Mayfield’s role in the original Superfly.
“With this film, my goal is to honor the lineage of an iconic title that the community has loved for decades,” Director X said in a statement to Deadline.
“I want to honor it in a way that shows a new generation how black culture continues to be a catalyst for new trends in every area, from fashion to music,” he continued. “I’m also excited to be working with Future, both on the music and as a producer of the film – the original soundtrack is legendary, and that’s an inspiration for the artists that Future is working with to bring a singular modern musical vision to the film.”
21 Savage is reportedly also in talks to join the film in some capacity. Check out Director X’s recent Instagram post below, where he celebrated the Superfly remake news with a photo of the crew so far.
The original blaxploitation crime drama was released in 1972 and followed an African American cocaine dealer who tries to secure one more deal before getting out of the business.
Stay tuned for more news on the Superfly remake as it comes in, and check out the original film’s trailer below.
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