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Pam Grier's Autobiography "Foxy: My Life In Three Acts" Optioned; Screenwriter Hired To Adapt

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by Tambay A. Obenson
April 5, 2012 2:13 PM
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I remember when the book was published in mid-2010, and I posted an entry about it possibly being adapted into a feature film; Pam Grier herself said there was interest in it, and, like almost every other iconic real life black woman considering a film on her life, I recall her saying that she would love for Halle Berry to play her in the film.

Of course! Maybe Halle Berry should just do a string of biopics, starting with Aretha Franklin's.

Via a press release, it's been announced thatmovie rights to Grier's autobiography Foxy: My Life In Three Acts - in which she talks about, amongst other things, her early relationships with Richard Pryor, Freddie Prinze & Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and how Richard Pryor put cocaine on his penis before having sex with her - has been optioned by Imprint Entertainment (Twilight, Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief).

Eunetta Boone (who's worked primarily in TV) has been hired to adapt the book into a screenplay.

The rest of the story:

’Foxy’ succeeds at a stark impression of Grier’s courage and inner strength without the use of rose-colored glasses. Imprint Entertainment looks forward to bringing this triumphant story to life,” says [Michael] Becker [of Imprint]. Grier, the iconic African American female sex symbol and action star from the 70′s, launched an era of films that became known as “Blaxploitation” movies – boasting predominantly black casts for black audiences. 40 years later Grier is an internationally celebrated award-winning actress who is beloved by all audiences. As Quoted by Director Quentin Tarantino while promoting his 1997 film JACKIE BROWN “Pam Grier might have been the first female action star.” Pam Grier not only opened doors for African American women but for women of all races. Imprint Entertainment is currently in postproduction on upcoming crime thriller PAWN starring Forest Whitaker, Ray Liotta, Nikki Reed, Michael Chiklis, Common.

So there ya have it; when will we actually see this? Who knows? Biopics about black public figures are plentiful these days, and the majority of them are currently in limbo. So we'll see...

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  • Qiana M | May 26, 2012 3:06 PMReply

    I hope they do consider a new upcoming actress. Id love to audition for the role. I get Pam Grier comparisons often. I think mainly because of my natural hair, the way I come off in my images and certain facial features. The challenge to bring to the life of a such a pioneer in female action stars would be a dream come true. Find it interesting people are penning Paula Patton and Beyonce to play her in this post. While the physical resemblance would match up, Paula lacks the sass and attitude and Beyonce lacks the acting ability. Vivica would be ideal if they had this biopic talks 10 years ago she possesses both. Halle is popular but not a good fit. Salli Richardson would be good option to consider because of physical resemblance but honestly I think they should consider someone unknown. We only have a limited number of Black actresses and they can't be the go to all to play various Black women in history, entertainment etc because of that limitation or because they are the popular choice.

  • EVETTE W. | April 13, 2012 9:46 PMReply

    THERE IS KNOW DOUBT SHE IS THE FIRST FEMALE ACTION STAR.YES WE WOULD LIKE TO SHE HER STORY TOLD. BUT HALLE BERRY WOULD NOT BE MY FIRST CHOICE .YES MAYBE EVEN BYONCE. BUT YOU SOMEONE WHO CAN GET GRITTY,KICK BUT AND TAKE NAMES AND I THINK VIVCA FOXX STRONGLY NEEDS TO BE IN THE RUNNING.

  • IVORY JEFF CLINTON | April 12, 2012 1:23 PMReply

    Joy Bryant maybe? Zoe Saldana?

  • Lauren | April 10, 2012 11:13 AMReply

    I think Toccara is a sound choice. Can she act? Beyonce no, she gave us her best Pam Grier impersonation in Goldfinger and it lacked something. I agree a slightly unknown, talented but upcoming actress should be the choice. Sallie Richardson and Paula Patton could work.

  • Donella | April 10, 2012 3:40 PM

    I also vote no for Beyonce. She had her chance with Goldfinger and... just no.

  • jmac | April 6, 2012 4:59 PMReply

    If anyone plays this it has to be Salli Richardson - resemblance is uncanny and she's shown she can act [with attitude if needed] although she'd probably need to wear an afro wig.

  • Donella | April 7, 2012 5:04 PM

    I was thinking of Sallie Richardson. She did an interesting take on 70s exploitation with Michael Jai White's Black Dynamite.

  • Donella | April 6, 2012 2:15 PMReply

    I read her biography and I agree that her life story and contribution to the entertainment industry would make a great feature film.

  • Ayana | April 11, 2012 5:14 PM

    Most definitely Salli Richardson.

  • Kevin Owens | April 6, 2012 10:01 AMReply

    Pam Grier is a pionner in so many ways, she deserves careful casting. Havent we learned from the casting mistakes in the past not to go with a Halle, a vivicia, such obvious over rated choices. Pam deserves a unknown black woman who is photogentic,has sass, beauty, class, obvious assets and a woman who would soak up the acting opportunity like a professional. I 've always thought Toccara Jones would be the ultimate choice. Can you imagine anyone else?

  • Name Kevin Owens | April 6, 2012 10:10 AM

    after reading the other comments, i still stand by Toccara, However, if waiting to exhale part II happens, would it be fair to replace whitney with another actress, or marry off whitney's character and maybe introduce a new chaarcter that resembles whitney like
    Paula Patton. If you watched the movie precious, paula was giving some strong whitney vibes with her performance.

  • Emmanuel | April 6, 2012 7:36 AMReply

    Are you kidding me? This has Beyonce Knowles written all over it . . . if she can bone up on her acting skills. And I think she probably can.

  • Emmanuel | April 6, 2012 7:40 AM

    And here's Mike Epps' chance to play Pryor. Javale McGee could play Abdul-Jabbar. And Freddie Prinze, Jr. should play his dad.

  • Cordell | April 5, 2012 3:10 PMReply

    The question is who would be great at playing Pam Grier?

  • IVORY JEFF CLINTON | April 12, 2012 1:21 PM

    @What, whom would u suggest?

  • WHAT | April 6, 2012 6:51 AM

    @ Ivory, you can't be serious! Casting Nicole Beharie as Pam Grier is akin to casting Kevin Hart as Ali. Nicole is no Foxy Brown in any shape or imagination. She's not "foxy" she merely "brown". And, makeup can do wonders but with Nicole you'd need smoke & mirrors, stunt doubles, a body suit and 10 inch stacks.

  • Ivory Jeff Clinton | April 5, 2012 8:15 PM

    Loved this book -- check out my review here: http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20387168,00.html -- and as I read it I was thinking it would make a very interesting movie. She's had quite an eventful life and career.

    As for an actress to play her, I'm a big fan of Nicole Beharie, who's reportedly 27 years old, and think she could pull it off because she could play her young and be aged with makeup to play her in her later years.

    @Robbie, I think a better physical match can be found than Paula Patton, whose complexion is much lighter than Grier's, and Vivica A. Fox, who's 47, has aged out of being able to convincingly play Grier, who was only 23 when filmed "Coffy," during her reign as the queen of blaxploitation films. Or maybe Beharie could play her until the early- to mid-'80s and Fox could pick up around the time of her 1988 breast cancer diagnosis and play her to the present with aging makeup when necessary.

  • Akimbo | April 5, 2012 7:35 PM

    Okay, suggesting Paula to play all these random people is a meme on this site, right? Can't act and never even slightly resembles person in question. I think it's going to have to be an un(or little)known. None of the usual suspects are right/can pull it off.

  • Robbie | April 5, 2012 5:17 PM

    Vivica Fox? Paula Patton?

  • chuks | April 5, 2012 2:20 PMReply

    i swear this is a case of ESP. I was just having a movie conversation with a buddy of mine last night (who's italian btw) and we're both chuckling about (the sexiness of) Foxy Brown, how Pam bust my cherry in the "celebrity crush" category as the first on-screen woman i fell in love with, and how wonderful it'll be if she got a biopic of her own. And now this... it's really great news! Good post Tambay.

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