Release Date: 6/15/2018
Director: Director X
Studio(s): Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE)
Details: Remake of the 1972 film. Allen Maldonado joins the cast led by Trevor Jackson as Youngblood Priest, Jason Mitchell as Eddie and Michael K. Williams as Scatter in Sony’s Super Fly remake. Maldonado has been cast as Litty, a new role for the film, or at least a new name for a character in the original film. The remake’s supporting cast includes Lex Scott Davis as Georgia, Andrea Londo as Cynthia, Jacob Ming-Trent as Fat Freddy, and Omar Chapparo as Adalberto. Rapper 21 Savage is also in talks to join the film in some capacity. Additionally, rapper Future has come on board as a producer. He’ll also curate the soundtrack. Future will produce with Joel Silver and Steven R. Shore, the son of the original film’s producer Sig Shore, will be an executive producer.
The original film, which was directed by Gordon Parks, Jr. starred Ron O’Neal as Youngblood Priest, a cocaine dealer trying to get out of the business, and centers on him securing one last deal before getting out. It resulted in two sequels, Super Fly T.N.T. and The Return of Super Fly. Source: Shadow & Act.
Release Date: 1/24/17 (Sundance Film Festival); 3/10/17 (Netflix)
Running Time: 105 mins.
Director: Gerard McMurray
Studio: Mandalay Pictures
Cast: Trevor Jackson (Zurich), Alfre Woodard (Professor Hughes), Steve Harris (Dean Richardson), Tosin Cole (Frank), DeRon Horton (Square), Trevante Rhodes (Fernander), Serayah (Angel), Imani Hakim (Rochon).
Story: In his freshman year of college, it seems Zurich has everything going for him; he has the respect of his teachers and university administration, the love and devotion of a wonderful girlfriend, and he’s been selected for admission to a prestigious Black fraternity on campus. But as Zurich embarks on the Hell Week of pledging his fraternity, the harsh trials of entry into brotherhood begin to test the limits of his self-worth. As the intensifying abuse begins to become untenable, Zurich struggles to honor the fraternity’s code of silence, and the scaffolding of his life outside the frat begins to dismantle. Burning Sands constructs a deeply complex cross section of the fabled fraternity hazing culture and the vicious power of the desire for acceptance. Source: Sundance.org.