Lionsgate's Codeblack Taps Effie Brown to Produce 'Flyy Girl' Book Adaptation

The 'Dear White People’ producer will spearhead production on the movie based on Omar Tyree's popular novel trilogy.

Lionsgate's Codeblack Films has tapped Dear White People producer Effie Brown to produce the feature film adaptation of the popular Flyy Girl book trilogy by Omar Tyree.

Brown's production shingle, Duly Noted Inc., will oversee development and assemble the creative team on the project alongside Codeblack Films’ Jeff Clanagan and Quincy Newell.

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.

Nicole Jefferson-Asher is on board to write the script for the Flyy Girl trilogy adaptation. Brown's other producing credits include Real Women Have Curves and Rocket Science, from writer-director Jeffrey Blitz.

And she recently joined the cast of HBO’s Project Greenlight reboot in the role of producer and mentor to the winner of the filmmaking competition. "These books were a rite of passage for readers worldwide and will prove to be the foundation for an exciting cinematic release," Brown said on Wednesday in a statement about the popular book trilogy.

Newell, Codeblack Films’ executive vp and general manager, and Robert Melnik, Lionsgate’s executive vp business and legal affairs, handled the deals. Attorney Vince L. Ravine handled legal duties for Brown.

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