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March 2002
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NEW FOXY BROWN IN THE WORKS

Writer Tyger Williams (Menace II Society), is adapting a remake of "Foxy Brown" for MGM and Absolute Entertainment. The original 1974 blacxploitation film starred Pam Grier. No date yet on when the film might go into production.



KIM FIELDS AND 1016 FILMS ARRIVE IN HARLEM

Harlem based 1016 Films Inc., a new development and production company, is currently in pre-production on its first independent feature. Kim Fields is set to star in "Loving Kicha," a love story between a jazz singer and struggling actor with a gripping twist. 1016 Films is also in negotiations with actor Malik Yoba to co-star in the film.



WHOOPIE CAUGHT IN BLIZZARD

Whoopi Goldberg is re-teaming with "Star Trek" buddy LeVar Burton for Burton's feature directorial debut "Blizzard." The film is scheduled for release in time for Christmas.



CHEADLE SINGING THE BLUES

Don Cheadle ("Ocean's Eleven," "Out of Sight") makes his directorial debut with the film Tishomingo Blues, an adaptation of the Elmore Leonard bestseller. The book and film follow the exploits of Robert Taylor, a con artist from Detroit named who is trying to take over the Dixie mob's Gulf Coast drug business. The film is being financed by Britain's Film Four, and Leonard will produce. Production is scheduled to begin before the end of the year.



WILL SMITH TAKES ON WRATH OF THE SUN

Miracle Entertainment, Inc. recently announced its agreement for producing a motion picture based on the Duncan Kennedy script "Wrath of the Sun.'' Miracle will develop the screenplay and produce the film with Will Smith & James Lassiter's Overbrook Entertainment.



UNION AND ANDERSON JOIN CRADLE TO THE GRAVE

Gabrielle Union and Anthony Anderson have joined the cast of Warner Bros.' action feature "Cradle to the Grave." The action flick will also star DMX and Jet Li.


"BLACKJACK" COMICS TURNS TO MICHAEL JAI WHITE

Catch 23 Entertainment announced it's Alter Ego department has acquired the film rights to Alex Simmon's comic book series "Blackjack." The series debuted in 1996, and follows the adventures of African American soldier of fortune, Arron Day, nicknamed "Blackjack." Michael Jai White (Universal Soldier, Exit Wounds) is in negotiations to star. C23's Alter Ego focuses primarily on devloping projects for the urban market. In addition to "Blackjack" C23's Alter Ego is also developing a family comedy, "Mr. Momma," described as an African American "Mr. Mom."


RULE AND DIESEL TEAM FOR TWO FILMS

With rappers appearing all over the silver screen lately, Ja Rule hopes his pairing with "The Fast and Furious" star Vin Diesel will result in Hollywood dynamite. The duo are set to film two movies together, "The Fast and Furious 2" and "Riddick." "Vin's my dog," Rule said in an interview. "I shout him out on 'Smokin' and Ridin' my album. Vin was in the studio with me that night when I recorded that. I can't wait 'til we go to Australia to shoot 'Riddick' and Miami to shoot 'Fast and Furious 2'."



MASTER P AND SON JOIN STRANDED ALIEN

The father-son duo of Master P and Lil' Romeo will team up for a film called "Shorty," about an alien who gets stranded in a Los Angeles 'hood. No word yet on when the film hits theaters.



CAREY SIGNS ON FOR ANOTHER FILM

After her screen debut in "Glitter" and her second film, co-starring Mira Sorvino, "Wisegirls." Mariah Carey is now ready for her third film role. She will star in "Sweet Science," playing a female boxing manager. The film begins shooting this summer. Meanwhile, "Wisegirls" hits screens later this year.



CUBA TO DO MORE COMEDY

Spurred on by the success of "Rat Race" and "Snow Dogs," Oscar winner Cuba Gooding Jr. is looking to do another big-screen comedy. The actor is currently in talks to star in "Fighting Temptations," where he would play a hip-hop artist who returns to his Southern hometown and is forced to start a gospel choir. Disney is already planning a sequel to "Snow Dogs," and while there's no word yet if Gooding will star, it's probably a safe bet.



EPPS AGAINST THE ROPES

Omar Epps is set to star with Meg Ryan in the new film "Against the Ropes," a biopic is about the first female boxing manager, Jackie Kallen. Charles Dutton will direct.



MGM FLYING SOUL PLANE

MGM Studios has purchased "Soul Plane" from co-writers Chuck Wilson and Bo Zenga (Scary Movie). Bo Zenga's Production company, Boz Productions, will produce the movie for MGM. Described as an urban version of the classic 1980 comedy "Airplane!," MGM acquired the film based on the first act and a one-page treatment hat outlined the rest of the script. Wilson, who recently launched his own record label, Babygrande Records, wrote "Platinum Time" for Jersey Films and Universal Studios. He was also once an executive at Priority Records, where he worked on the soundtrack for Warner Bros. "Training Day."



VAN EXEL GOES TO DOGGS

Basketball star Nick Van Exel's new record label and film company, RapRock Records/Films is set to debut its first film,"Hip-Hop Story: Tha Movie" on May 28. The film will be distributed by Universal and chronicles the hip-hop genre's after events surrounding the deaths of rap stars Eazy-E, Tupac, and Notorious B.I.G. The film features Snoop Dogg, DMX, P. Diddy, Warren G, and Ice Cube.



SNIPES AND SPIKE AND BROWN

The proposed Spike Lee production of the "James Brown Story" has received a green light. Wesley Snipes has already signed on as the lead.