Lionsgate's Codeblack Nabs Rights to 'Flyy Girl' Book Trilogy

11:04 AM PST 07/17/2013 by Rebecca Ford

Omar Tyree's coming-of-age novels have grossed more than $30 million worldwide.

Lionsgate's Codeblack Films has picked up the rights to Flyy Girl, a popular book trilogy by Omar Tyree.

The trilogy, which has grossed more than $30 million worldwide through Simon & Schuster, follows a young African-American woman coming of age during the 1980s. Obsessed with the material world, Tracy Ellison falls into a cycle of gratuitous sex and heartbreak.

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The series' second book, For the Love of Money, won an NAACP Image Award in 2001.

“Omar Tyree has created a franchise with an incredible story that connects with audiences worldwide,” said Codeblack Films president Jeff Clanagan. “Codeblack is excited to have the film rights for these books, which have been a staple in the African-American community for more than 20 years. We’re thrilled to have the chance to finally bring these stories to screen.”

Codeblack Films GM Quincy Newell made the deal with Global Renaissance Entertainment Group’s CEO/owner Arthur Wylie and COO Dale Godboldo. Jean Chi, Lionsgate senior vp business and legal affairs, Greg Snodgrass of Business Affairs Inc. and Jeffrey Miles, attorney for Global Renaissance Entertainment Group, handled legal duties.

A Lionsgate company, Codeblack's upcoming slate includes the thriller Repentance, starring Forest Whitaker and Anthony Mackie; the romantic drama Things Never Said; and George Tillman Jr.’s The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete, starring Jennifer Hudson.

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