The 1975 coming of age classic Cooley High is getting a remake.
Set in the 1960s, the original Cooley High film tells the story of a group of young Africam-American high schoolers who each share dreams of making it out of Chicago’s Southside. The film touches on several important social issues relevant to inner city Chicago including gang violence and the value of education within the Black community.
According to an exclusive report from Deadline, Common and DeVon Franklin will team up to co-produce the film through their respective production companies alongside Tony Krantz, whose father Steve Krantz produced the original film. The trio, along with screenwriter Seth Rosenfeld, reportedly felt the remake of the film is a timely one give the country’s current racial unrest in the wake of the police brutality epidemic in the Black community.
Additonal details on casting, filming or a release date have not yet been revealed.
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