This was one of my favorite movies, the 1975 classic Cooley High is being remade with DeVon Franklin, Common and Tony Krantz partnering on the coming of age drama… Set in 1960s Chicago and focused on a group of high school pals with big dreams of getting out of the South Side, Cooley High.
According to Deadline.com
The Michael Schultz-directed film cost $750,000 to make, and grossed more than $13 million. Lighthearted at times, Cooley High also addressed serious topics like gang violence, masculinity and sexism, and the value of education in the black community. That made it fertile ground for Franklin, the former Sony exec who has focused on films with uplifting content; the Chicago-native Common (who with John Legend shared the Oscar for Best Song for Selma); and Krantz, whose father Steve Krantz produced the original film. They felt it a timely project in light of the racial unrest that has followed several high-profile shootings throughout the country.