Pam Grier’s Life to be Turned Into a Biopic
Pam Grier – the star of such classic Blaxploitation films as ‘Coffy,’ ‘Foxy Brown’ and ‘Black Mama, White Mama’ – has led an interesting life. She dated Richard Pryor and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, has dealt with cancer, and had a career with many ups and down. She wrote an autobiography, and now it’s been optioned to become a film.
Though there’s no names attached, the producing company is Imprint Entertainment, and this seems like a fairly ripe subject matter for the big screen. The problem is: who can play Pam Grier? Likely they will throw it out to someone like Halle Berry (who’s a bit too old), or perhaps go with an unknown and pepper the cast with more famous performers.
But from Grier’s Amazonian figure to her sass, she’s one of a kind, and it’s going to be difficult to find someone who can capture her on screen power. Though it could be said she learned her acting craft a couple of films into her career, Grier’s striking features made her a sight to behold and a fan favorite. And though the 1980′s proved lean years as the Blaxploitation movement dried up, by the 1990′s directors like John Carpenter and Tim Burton were casting her (often as a nod to her past), and then Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Jackie Brown’ put her front and center once again. If you don’t know Grier’s work, a good place to start is ‘Coffy.’ Here’s the trailer: